Pirie resident happy the Recorder is back in business

EXCITED: Port Pirie resident Barry Thompson said he was 'excited' to hear the Recorder newspaper would be returning. Mr Thompson was one of many who missed the Recorder during its coronavirus publication shutdown.
EXCITED: Port Pirie resident Barry Thompson said he was 'excited' to hear the Recorder newspaper would be returning. Mr Thompson was one of many who missed the Recorder during its coronavirus publication shutdown.

Rain, hail or shine ...

For Port Pirie resident Barry Thompson, the Recorder newspaper has been a big part of his life, ever since he could read.

Over the years, Mr Thompson has included the Recorder in his everyday routine. Waking up first thing in the morning and despite the weather, he would walk from his home to the Mobil Perry's service station on The Terrace.

In April this year, Mr Thompson had his routine disrupted when the Port Pirie Recorder succumbed to the effects of the coronavirus and was forced to shut down publication temporarily.

Mr Thompson said he was "downhearted" when he heard there wasn't going to be a newspaper.

"I just missed the Recorder, it was something that you got every week and I looked forward to it since I was a young boy," he said.

"Everybody used to want to see who had just had babies ... engagements, marriages, obituaries.

"Mum and Dad used to have it delivered and in those days it used to be Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"Nowadays, I just walk around to the petrol station, grab it from there, have a chat with some of the boys and then walk home with old Sam Hunt."

Although he had access to radio, television and social media, Mr Thompson said nothing quite beats the feel of a newspaper.

"We just didn't bother with anything else ... we found things out by word of mouth," he said.

"It was very hard for us."

But, when he heard the Recorder would be making a return, Mr Thompson said he was "over the moon".

"It was Steven Penny ... he was the one that sang out to me. He said, 'Barry we have got some news for you ... there will be a Recorder on Thursday'.

"I said that is the best news I have heard in years."

It is a part of the town's history and it is a part of us.

Barry Thompson

Having been a part of the town for more than 120 years, the Recorder is more than just a newspaper to people like Barry. It is about being connected with the community and its history.

"I always thought the Recorder was Port Pirie," he said.

"It was a part of the town and a part of growing up.

"Maxine and I have never left. We were born and bred here and it is our paper.

"It was a sad spot for it when it stopped and a joyful one now that it is going to happen again.

"I cannot wait to tell old Sam the Recorder is back.

"We are glad to see it back."

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