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Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 17:55

This morning was trying to put an obituary notice in Scotsman and local paper thought it would be about £50 for about 4 lines..............Well nearly had a fit when I heard. Can anyone guess what it came to maybe I'm behind the times (well obviously I am) . Am off to make tea so if anyone answers will get back later


Maryanna Report 3 Sep 2013 18:15

Well Nolls I must be way behind you as I would have expected it to come to about a fiver !!!!!!!!!!

:-D. M


George Report 3 Sep 2013 18:31

I would think about £80/90 at least that is what it would cost on average down here in darkest Hampshire, but up in Scotland who knows, a little tight are the scots, so who knows :-D :-D

George :-)

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 18:35

Your both Way Way out

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 18:37

:-D :-D :-D Maryanna I would have really thought about £25 but guessed I should double it


AnnCardiff Report 3 Sep 2013 18:39

I'd be expecting £10 to £20


Amokavid Report 3 Sep 2013 18:44

I reckon it's expensive in many/most places, I was going to put a memoriam into a YKS newspaper paper, (just the one) about 7 yrs ago,it was going to cost around £65 for near enough 3 lines at that time, I did not go ahead with it, goodness knows how much it is today!

In our local paper,people are paying goodness knows what to have huge boxes with photos, long verses or write ups re the deceased person,must cost a fortune to have those inserted into the paper!


Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 18:51

OK I will tell you for 2 papers and about 4 lines (Not gold plated) it's a whopping ..............£293.35
Sadly I cannot afford to put my brother who died in US a few days ago death in his home-land papers . A typical rip-off I would say!


MargaretM Report 3 Sep 2013 19:07

This got me wondering how much it would cost here in Canada. I checked our local paper. It's a flat $29.95 which converts to abt. 18 pounds sterling.


SylviaInCanada Report 3 Sep 2013 19:14

I've been looking to see how much it would be in any of my local papers .......

but they don't seem to show a price, until you submit the obituary.

I seem to remember that at least one of them publishes obituaries for free, or at least, they did a couple of years ago.


supercrutch Report 3 Sep 2013 19:24

Nolls that is just awful. Have you considered calling the news desk to ask whether they would put a small article in the paper? It wouldn't cost you anything and papers are always looking for copy.

Sorry you lost your brother.



Maryanna Report 3 Sep 2013 19:35

That is disgraceful,

I am sure the last time I put one in the local paper it was 90p a line.

I often wonder how much those boxes with hearts and doves and flowers cost.

I think that is just taking advantage.

I am so sorry about your brother. M

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 20:05

Thank you Sue / Maryanna . I am not going to bother now have phoned a number of friends so the news will do the rounds I should think just thought it would be nice for a wee bit in the paper but my brother would have a fit if he was here so won't bother

Margee that sounds reasonable just don't know what the papers here are thinking off.

Anyway am going to plant a tree (hopefully) somewhere near Edinburgh .


Woody's Report 3 Sep 2013 20:16

Just ridiculous, Nolls.
My sister in law had to put an intimation in the same paper that Joan is talking about. No hearts and flowers, just a simple intimation showing time and place of funeral - £201 inc. Vat.

My sincere condolences on your loss but well done for standing up to blatant profiteering.

Glad you used those emoticons, George! We're not all like that!! :-S

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 20:20

Well to be honest Woody I'm glad to hear you were quoted about the same price, as I was beginning to think they had made a mistake.


Andysmum Report 3 Sep 2013 21:50

I'm sorry to hear about your brother, Nolls.

I have just found out that our local paper, also in Scotland, would charge £31.68 for a simple intimation. To find out, I had to create a message, complete with fictional name, on their website and they then told me the cost. It was 17 words/86 letters long.

They won't accept deaths at all from the general public - they have to be done by the undertaker. I think this is to ensure that they are genuine.

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 22:23

Andysmum Thank you .. I tried to phone and get the notice put in the other day but like you was told not from general public but DIL went into site on laptop and got through they then sent her info back asked her to send our notice and then sent the charge we thought it was because there was an email address which could verify it was a correct notice (I don't really know) . I wonder if we had just put in into the Edin Evening News (it would have been about the same size as your text) it would have been about what your's cost ...well will never know as we are not going to go ahead with it.


Barbara Report 3 Sep 2013 22:54

I used to work for a local weekly newspaper but it was a while ago and, admittedly, things may well have now changed. At the time, you paid for what we referred to as the "death" notice and for the acknowledgement but the obituary (i.e. report of the funeral, mourners, etc) was not paid for as it appeared in the "news" part of the newspaper and was therefore classed as editorial, as opposed to the death and acknowledgement which were classed as classified ads under the heading of "Family Notices".

Having said this though, I have not noticed this type of obituary in the above paper for a while now so it is perhaps not done in this way any more.

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Sep 2013 22:59

Barbara I bet if they are not getting any money for it .. it will have been abolished!


kandj Report 4 Sep 2013 08:40

A ridiculous price Nolls, makes me wonder how much the more elaborate ones are charged.

An idea I spotted recently in a nearby village was where the local florist had the name of person who had died and the place and time of the funeral service. This black edged card was placed in their front window and the same card and details were also in the village Post Office window

I have never come across this before, but I thought it was a good way of keeping the village community updated when a person had passed away. Obviously the florist may well gain from floral tributes but the idea was still interesting I thought and no doubt useful information for the village folk.