Marking the power of the press

A commemorative service marking the 25th anniversary of the closing of Fakenham Press will take place this weekend. The works was the town's largest employer for over a century and once one of the top book producers in the country but sadly closed in 1980s leaving many residents without a job.

A commemorative service marking the 25th anniversary of the closing of Fakenham Press will take place this weekend.

The works was the town's largest employer for over a century and once one of the top book producers in the country but sadly closed in 1980s leaving many residents without a job.

Now in a bid to remember the incredible impact the printing works had, a service featuring readings, addresses and specially selected hymns will be held on Sunday.

Jim Baldwin, one of the organisers, said: “The print works is what I call a happy accident. It was chance a small business located here did so well.

“Fakenham would definitely not have been the same town or had the same identity had the printing works not done so well.

“A lot of people worked there. At the turn of the century 10 per cent of the population worked there.

Most Read

“When it closed it was a very difficult and sad time. Many people moved away as a result. But we've managed to move forward.

“It's is about remembering and respecting the time the printing press was here.”

The address will be given by author Brian Ogden, and a church in London, known for its links with newspapers has given advice on ideas for hymns and readings.

Fakenham High School and College have also prepared a display at the back of the church about the history of the works for people to look at after the service.

Anyone with family connections with the trade, or former printers themselves, is invited to the service, which will take place at Fakenham Parish Church on Sunday October 31 at 3pm.

For more information contact Jim Baldwin on 01328 864623.

Pictures credit: Fakenham Local History Society

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter