YEP Says, September 1: Thank you dear readers - now have a pint on us!

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Queen Victoria was on the throne, Lord Salisbury was Prime Minister and Stan Laurel, Agatha Christie and Groucho Marx came kicking and screaming into the world.

But Stan, Agatha and Groucho weren’t the only notable new arrivals of 1890 – the year also saw the publication of the first ever edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post. Today we’re 125 years old!

The Yorkshire Evening Post has enjoyed a special place in the community for 125 years and has been part of the changing landscape of the Leeds region during that time. We believe we reflect life in Leeds, campaign for change and action on behalf of the people of Leeds and we look to continue in that role.

Marking 125 years as a business and newspaper in the region is a real privilege and we thank people who have supported us over the years.

Over the past few weeks we’ve carried a whole host of features dedicated to the YEP’s proud past, ambitious present and bright future, from the story of its humble beginnings on Albion Street through its four decade stay in the now-demolished ‘bunker’ of Wellington Street and then onto the present multi-media operation on Whitehall Road. We’ve revisited our acclaimed campaigns, investigations and fundraising drives and saluted famous faces whose CVs take in spells on the paper’s staff, a roll call that includes the likes of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Keith Waterhouse.

Today though, is the big day and, while we plan a host of further celebrations in the coming weeks, we want to raise a glass of YEP125, to you, our valued readers. Cut out the voucher and go toast yourself with a free pint. We wouldn’t be here today without you.

Time to toughen up on flytippers

EVEN THOUGH greater public awareness about flytipping has probably contributed to the latest rise in incidents, it demonstrates the need for far more draconian enforcement. Until the courts impose penalties that actually have a deterrent effect, flytippers – and those individuals too lazy to place their litter in a receptacle – will continue to embarrass society and be a drain on a public purse.