The demise of the News of the World brought back some childhood memories for me, although I have not read the paper for some 40 years, maybe more.
There was a time when people used to take three and four Sunday papers at a time - mind you, they were not a hundred pages thick then.
In the early 1960s in the school holidays and at weekends I used to have a paper stand by the toilets on the island at Clarence Pier. I was only 11, maybe 12.
The Evening News circulation manager, ex-Battle of Britain fighter pilot Mr Dale, made sure all was well. One day he asked if I could look after a stand on Sunday on the seafront just across the road. How I got there or where the papers came from I cannot remember, but there were dozens and dozens of copies held down by large pebbles taken from the beach.
Many people came along and ordered in a poetic rhyme: ‘News of the World, Pic and People please kid.’
The ‘Pic’ was the long-lost Sunday Pictorial. Even now, that order rings through my mind. Papers at that time cost, as I remember, eight old pence (about 3p) to day. No wonder so many people had so many papers.
Another location I sold papers was in Cumberland Street, Portsea. Again, many purchased more than one paper.