I love local newspaper headlines. I really do. Some call it a hobby, others call it weird. I don’t care, I love them.
And this week I have found a belter.
‘The Meat Maestro of Timperley’ is one of the best headlines I have ever come across.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nowhere near as iconic as The Daily Mail’s ‘Greatest Crash in Wall Street History’ or ‘Men Walk on Moon’ from The New York Times but ‘The Meat Maestro of Timperley’ shows local journalism at its finest.
It’s cheesy with uber-local references and immediately made me want to know more about Trafford’s master of all things meat.
Still, it’s not quite enough to topple my favourite ever local newspaper headline (and you really cannot get any more local than the Heald Green Mail) with the very simple, but very effective: ‘Having an Affair?’
It might not be as catchy but it certainly caught my attention… Oh and if you are having a little extra-marital tryst, the article below is packed with hints and tips to help keep it secret from your other half.
Well if Sam is going on about ‘meaty’ headlines in local newspapers… I don’t understand how she forgot to include her very own in there.
Now it may not be glitzy, or glam, but it was a lovely little story she did for Sale’s oldest butchers, Taylors of Sale.
And truth be told, it deserves a place in the ‘local newspaper meat-related headlines hall of fame’, and for me it rates above ‘Meat Maestro’.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Bangers for Cash.
Now as for my own meat-related headlines, I must confess that my very first by-line as a journalist was such a thing.
I remember it well, Leeds tribunal court, sometime in the distant past. A lady called Karen was claiming constructive dismissal from the food plant where she worked.
Turned out she’d been engaged to the chap who ran the bacon department, but had enjoyed a workplace fling with the head of sausages.
The headline? Sex Sizzler – Bacon Boss’s Girl, Gets the Hots For The Sausage Line Man
Guess the newspaper and win ten points. And it wasn’t the Sunday Sport.
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