ON December 4, the Inverness Courier reached a remarkable milestone – the 200th anniversary of its first edition rolling off the press in a bookseller's shop in High Street.
It is a remarkable and enduring story. For two centuries, the paper has reported the news, enabled debate on issues which matter to this area and provided an important platform for trade and commerce to reach their target audiences.
It adds up to 17,856 editions, thousands of columns and millions of words charting the development of the Highland capital, documenting notable events from fires to floods, scrutinising councils and other organisations, holding civic leaders and politicians to account – and even recording the first modern-day sighting of Nessie in 1933.
From the quirky to the serious, the Courier continues to place itself at the front-line of the area's news.
In keeping with its proud tradition of being a champion for the community it is proud to serve, the Courier announced its backing for an ambitious campaign to develop Scotland's first integrated centre for children and young people with complex needs.
The Haven Appeal aims to raise £4 million for a facility including respite houses, a community cafe, specialist indoor and outdoor play centres, meeting rooms and a community garden on a derelict site at Smithton.