On January 24, 1863, the Watford Observer was published for the first time.
The four-page newspaper, called The Watford Observer and General Advertiser for Watford, Bushey and Rickmansworth, was intended to be a paper for the people and by the people. Now, 150 years later, this sentiment holds true.
To celebrate a century-and-a-half of bringing the news to the people of Watford and the surrounding areas, we will be hosting events throughout the year and marking the occasion with a special supplement. Also, look out for the commemorative 150th anniversary merchandise that will be available over the course of the year.
Of course, the Watford Observer in the 21st Century is very different to the paper founded by the Peacock family in the 19th Century, with this website being one of the more obvious differences in the way we deliver the news today.
And this page is where you will be able to keep up to date with all the ways we mark our 150th year. But you can also keep informed via Twitter, by following @Observer_Owl or by Liking us on Facebook.
We also want to hear from you. If you are celebrating a landmark anniversary in 2013, then get in touch with us and we’ll let you know how you can join in with our celebrations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
“Staff pore over a special supplement produced to
mark the 100th year of the Watford Observer in 1963.
In 2013 the paper celebrates its 150th year and along
with another special supplement, we will be marking
the occasion with a series of events throughout the year”
11:20am Thursday 26th September 2013
As part of the Watford Observer’s 150th anniversary celebration we commissioned this delightful miniature teddy wearing a birthday t-shirt sporting our commemorative logo.
11:28am Friday 27th September 2013
The Watford Observer’s 150th anniversary funday at the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground in Bushey on Sunday was a scorching success and provided a huge boost for our local children’s hospice at the same time.
8:30am Friday 26th April 2013
The Watford Observer is marking its 150th anniversary throughout 2013 and readers now have a chance to get in on the celebration.
12:50pm Thursday 11th April 2013
There were smiles all round as the new Zizzi Italian restaurant in Kings Street, Watford, hosted a fundraising dinner in conjunction with the Watford Observer on Wednesday evening.
9:55am Wednesday 27th March 2013
Come dine with us at Zizzi’s new King Street, Watford, restaurant and help mark the Watford Observer’s 150th anniversary and help raise money for vital life saving equipment for schools.
4:30pm Thursday 21st March 2013
Staff from the Watford Observer have donated more than 60 Easter eggs for pupils at a special needs school in Abbots Langley.
11:00am Wednesday 13th February 2013
THE third annual Peace Classics concert, now given an up beat twist with a touch of jazz , will be performed by the international students at The Purcell School For Young Musicians on Wednesday, February 27, to raise money for The Peace Hospice
12:00pm Monday 11th February 2013
Staff from Femme Fitness in Watford are celebrating after being named winners of the Local Business Accelerators Scheme, run by the local newspaper industry and supported by the Watford Observer.