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The Ayr Advertiser Series is the oldest weekly newspaper in Scotland.
It was founded in 1803 by John Wilson - who in 1786 had published the book which brought Robert Burns to national attention /Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect/ and his brother Peter.
The first edition was produced on Thursday, August 5 of that year as the A/ir Advertiser /and was the first newspaper to be published in Ayrshire. At that time the only titles in Scotland being produced in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Of the newspapers which preceded the Advertiser, only two are still in existence - the Aberdeen Journal and the Glasgow Herald.
Proud of its heritage, the Ayr Advertiser Series - which also has two editions the Troon Times and Carrick Herald - continues to cover news from across the communities of South Ayrshire.
This spans a wide area from Troon and Barassie in the North to Barrhill in the South, taking in the main towns of Ayr, Prestwick, Girvan and Maybole as well as numerous surrounding villages including Symington, Dundonald, Tarbolton, Mossblown, Coylton, Monkton and the conservation villages of Kirkmichael, Crosshill and Straiton. Its Carrick area also incorporates Kirkoswald, Dailly, Barr, Pinmore and Pinwherry, while traditional readership of the Ayr Advertiser Series also includes some East Ayrshire towns, including Dalrymple, Dalmellington, Drongan, Patna and Mauchline.
The newspaper is proud to feature breaking news and court coverage alongside updates from the business and farming worlds - and makes great effort to continue to cover traditional aspects of a weekly newspaper, such as attending community council events and keeping its readers up to date with developments within South Ayrshire Council. It also has correspondents providing community news from their area, as well as a healthy weekly news section from local secondary schools and regular photographic spotlights of the excellent work taking place in South Ayrshire primary schools.
In recent times the newspaper has expanded its sports coverage and contains up-to-the minute results and fixtures from the many junior and amateur football teams in the area, as well as comprehensive coverage of The Honest Men, Ayr United FC, which the Ayr Advertiser is proud to sponsor alongside sister title Cumnock Chronicle, and the teams within its successul Ayr United Football Academy. Its /Sportscene/ section also features action football photography, (look out for your team in our game of the week!) rugby, athletics, bowls, golf, darts, basketball, ice hockey and other sports news and updates from throughout the area.
The team at the Ayr Advertiser Series is always keen to engage with its readers and, as well as an active website, has a growing social network on Facebook and Twitter.