History of an old city journalist

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Diaries of a 19th-century Preston journalist will come to life, 100 years after his death, in a one-man performance at UCLan’s Media Factory next Friday.

Anthony Hewitson, a reporter who became a newspaper publisher, ran the Preston Chronicle from 1868 to 1890.

Dr Andrew Hobbs, a research associate in UCLan’s School of Journalism and former LEP journalist, transcribed his diaries - the only known diaries of a 19th-century provincial journalist - with the diarist’s great-great niece, Margaret Dickinson, then created the show with actor John Hickey, playwright Derek Martin and pianist Malcolm Sim.

Andrew says: “He was also a loving father and husband, and some of the most moving passages are about his children.

“There are also some very funny parts. There are tales of drunken councillors being carried home down Fishergate Hill, his thoughts on the annoying new fad of football, and how he exposed the Vicar of Preston’s secret marriage to his housekeeper!”

The Hewitson Diaries: A journalist’s life in Victorian Preston, runs in UCLAN Media Factory’s Theatre 2. For tickets, call 01772 253731.