Happy birthday Southland Times

02:08, Nov 12 2012
Sue Gregory and Fred Tulett
Soutland Times' general manager Sue Gregory and editor Fred Tulett celebrate the paper's 150th birthday today.

There may not have been 150 candles on the cake but there was no doubt The Southland Times was celebrating a major milestone today.

A morning tea for staff and a suitably impressive birthday cake marked the paper turning 150 years old today, and more than 200 past and present staff and guests celebrated in style at a formal dinner on Saturday night at the Workingmen's Club.

A registration evening had been held on Friday night.

General manager Sue Gregory said it was an absolutely fantastic weekend, mainly because of the staff and ex-staff attending who had made the milestone possible.

It was great that so many people had travelled and made the effort to be here for the weekend's events, she said.

It was going to be hard to beat when they planned future celebrations, she said.

Editor Fred Tulett said Saturday's dinner had been magnificent, and it had been a great weekend for staff.

He had also been back to see the Times of Our Lives exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, and said many other people had been to see it as well.

''It has been fascinating looking back into the past of both the paper and the south, but it is really exciting looking to the future.''

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