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Windsor and Slough Express Celebrates 200th Anniversary

The Windsor Express is celebrating its 200th anniversary this month.

The Windsor Express, owned by Baylis Media Ltd, was the brainchild of father and son Charles Knight senior and junior who published the first edition in Windsor on 1 August 1812.

Since then it has covered nine reigns – including the diamond jubilees of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

At the beginning it also covered national news, and carried reports of the Napoleonic, Crimean and Boer wars, as well as the two World Wars. It has recorded the events of the royal family, from births to deaths, and has seen the destruction of Windsor Castle in a huge blaze in 1992 - recorded in a special edition.

The first editions carried news from a large area of the south east, including Slough, and a separate Slough Express came into life in 1920. The two papers now have a readership of more than 84,000, and the titles also have a huge online presence, the publisher said.

Editor Martin Trepte said: “For two centuries the Express has faithfully served its readers by chronicling the events, large and small that have shaped our culture, community and country. To historians the Express is a unique and invaluable record of everyday life, a picture of the social history – the values and small details – that makes us what we are.

“But before something can become history, it first has to be today’s news and the Express is first and foremost a newspaper – whether in print or online. Every week its pages report the latest news – telling readers what is happening in their community, informing, shaping opinion and holding those in power and authority to account. Reaching more than 84,000 readers every week, today’s Express continues to be a vital element in the glue that binds our community together.”

Baylis Media Ltd, publishers of the Maidenhead Advertiser series, acquired the titles in 2008.

The anniversary was celebrated with a 12-page souvenir pull-out in Friday's edition, with messages of congratulations from the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead and the Mayor of Slough, as well as the towns' MPs.

To commemorate the occasion former Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Asghar Majeed awarded a Royal Borough medal to Windsor reporter Francis Batt who has worked at the title since 1978. 

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