How many families didn't read The Sunday Post in the 1960s?
For many years we didn't buy a copy of The Sunday Post, but read my grandfather's copy on our weekly family visits. As children in the early 1960s it was mainly the Fun Section that we read. This was a double spread on either side of the page. The Broons were the main feature on one side, and Oor Wullie on the other. Sometimes my grandfather would just remove the Fun Section for us if he was reading the newspaper.
|The Broons and Oor Wullie|
The Broons were good, but wee Wullie probably just shaded it. There were also other features which I enjoyed-some jokes, puzzles and for many years, Nero and Zero, two Roman guards who were supposed to look after Caesar; there was also Nosey Parker. This Sunday ritual with Family Favourites and either Jean Metcalfe or Cliff Michelmore on the radio in the background was always a very relaxing and a key part of these Sundays mornings at our grandparents home at Durham Road, Portobello before the Sunday roast dinner was served up .
As we grew older in the late 1960s we began to alternate our Sunday visits and so like millions of others, we started to buy our own copy at 6/2. Gradually, I was able to progress from just reading the Fun Section to the sports pages and then regular columns such as The Hon Man. His adventures could be quite interesting, particularly if the editor had perhaps sent him away to live on a pound a day or to tour around the Highlands camping and of course report back weekly, in a humorous vein.
|Tom and Will Hoffmann, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, January 2004|
|Tom Hoffmann reading Oor Wullie Stockbridge, |
Edinburgh, January 2004
Will and Tom were brought up on the annuals-more of in a future blog. Reading the sauce bottle at the dinner table, leads on to Oor Wullie; The Four Marys; Alf Tupper; Peter Pan; Robin Hood; and then Holden Cauldfield; Atticus Finch; Pip; and Anna Karenina....
Given the dramatic reduction in newspaper buying The Sunday Post's circulation is still very high, however back in the 1960s I believe it had the highest reader penetration per head of the population of any newspaper in the world.