WHEN we embarked on our mission to hand over our historical Worcester News archive to its readers we had no idea how popular our gesture was going to be.

Hundreds of people made their way to our offices in Hylton Road, Worcester, to accept one or more free bound volumes of newspapers.

Every last one of the 807 we had in our possession is now in the hands of someone who cares deeply about it – and that has delighted us.

Many wanted a newspaper that marked a special date in their lives: a wedding, a birthday or anniversary.

Others wanted one that contained a report of a momentous event in the history of the area.

Others were just curious to read fascinating accounts of a vanished local world where a new car cost a few hundred pounds, and a house not an awful lot more.

Everything the paper has printed since it was launched as the Evening News and Times in 1935 is now safely preserved on microfilm at the Hive library in Worcester.

That means it is not essential to keep our collection of old newspapers as a historical record.

Nevertheless, we are delighted that they are, by and large, remaining in Worcester, safe in the homes of the people they were produced for – you.

Over the next few days we will revealing where our old newspapers have gone, and the stories of the people who wanted them.

If you want us to tell your story too, email news@worcesternews.co.uk

Our serious of archives reports continues tomorrow when we will be explaining what has happened to our important archive of Berrow's Worcester Journals – the world's oldest continuously published newspaper.