It’s always a neat story when someone finds old newspapers tucked away in their walls, in the attic or under the floor in their home.
Recently, perfectly preserved newspapers dating as far back as World War II were found by a couple under the carpets of their new home. Alison and Michal Cislo discovered the slice of Plymouth and British history under the floor coverings of their 1930s house in Pemros Road, St. Budeaux, as they prepared to decorate the bedrooms.
They found copies of The Herald, then called the Western Evening Herald, a 60-year-old copy of its sister paper the Western Morning News, and a Sunday edition of the News of the World from Christmas Eve 1939.
Those newspapers had quite the stories to tell. Wartime reports warning Allied Forces not to fraternize with the enemy at Christmas, a story about the construction of a new secondary modern school building in Plymouth and tales of a group of engineers calling for a two shilling pay raise were among the many reports featured in dozens of newspapers found by the Cislos.