COMMUNITY champion Trevor Barton described the Journal as ‘a great institution’.

The former police officer, current Leigh Centurions RLFC management board member and prime mover behind Leigh Sports Village and the Pelican Centre, proudly admitted he is a dedicated Journal reader.

He said: “I wish the Journal every success for the future. The Journal is something I have massive respect for. Even with modern developments it is something that is an integral part of the community and avidly read.

“Here’s to the next 140 years!”