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I find it sad that the longest-running children’s comic, The Dandy, is to cease publication after three-quarters-of-a-century.

Its final edition will be on December 4, which is also its 75th birthday.

The closure follows a long-term decline in circulation. Sales have gone down to 8,000 copies a week, while in its heyday in the 1950s it sold a staggering two million.

The Dandy, which launched in 1937, featured charactors such as Beryl the Peril, Bananaman, Cuddles and Dimples and Korky the Cat.

I never got into The Dandy myself. I was always a Twinkle girl and, later, Jackie just for the Donny Osmond pin-ups!

But I feel for Desperate Dan,whose tasty cow pie is about to become his last supper.