Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Good Things Must Come to an End - and That Includes the Pink

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Good Things Must Come to an End - and That Includes the Pink

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IT'S sad when a tradition comes to an end - but times change.

The Gazette Sports Pink may have been an institution in the Teesside area for over a century, but in truth it's been on borrowed time for at least a decade.

Those of us who hold the paper dear will be shedding a sentimental tear or two today, not least at the passing of what has been a Teesside institution - and that's no understatement.

Yet some icons loose their shape, even their meaning, in the mists of time: And that's true of the Gazette Sports to some extent, since it has only been printed on pink paper for under 15 years.

It was only changed from its customary white paper to pink to distinguish it from the Gazette Sports Preview, which used to come out on Saturday mornings and was an earlier casualty to the electronic accessibility of information.

But the Pink it has now become, and it's as if it has always been called just that.

It just shows how quickly something dear and cherished can be embedded in our culture.

For many on Teesside, the Pink is synonymous with Saturday, as much a part of the weekend as eight pints down the club and a take-away.

It's been around since the year dot after all, with just a couple of breaks for world wars and football clubs going into liquidation.

But it returned from those setbacks to report afresh.

That's unlikely this time.

In the last 10 years or so, technology has fundamentally altered the way we live like never before: To the extent that a television company can dictate to the footballing authorities when kick off times should be; to the extent that all our homes buzz with wireless connectivity.

Our lives have changed too. We want immediate news bites these days.

Time was when the country was awash with similar Saturday evening sports papers until quite recently: there were Green 'Uns, there were White 'Uns and there were Pink 'Uns in every large town and city.

They're mostly gone now. Our Pink is one of just a handful that have made it into the 21st Century.

Reporting the big Saturday game was the staple of every sports paper for years: Its bread and butter; in many ways, its reason for being. …

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