Editorial - Saturday, March 19: Eventful edition
MANY hands make light work and under extraordinary circumstances it's amazing the community support this newspaper receives.
After the fatal crash blocked the Pacific Hwy on Tuesday night at Tyndale, our truck driver was held up at the scene for close to 10 hours with 32,000 Advocates on board.
Usually by dawn, your paper is delivered, but on Wednesday it was still on the truck.
Our online readers, Facebook followers and listeners to 2CSFM and Star FM were well briefed on why their paper hadn't arrived, but in a show of how important the paper is to the community, we were also inundated with calls.
Once the B-double reached Coffs, circulation manager Margie Hughes faced another dilemma.
With business hours under way, it complicated the unload of paper crates in a local industrial estate.
That was until the guys from Allied Metal Industries pitched in with another forklift to ensure the papers for newsagencies and businesses were unloaded hastily.
We trust the beers went down well boys.
Given many of our delivery contractors work day jobs, it was an extraordinary effort that the papers were distributed overnight Thursday.
Only in times of floods, fires and serious crashes has The Advocate in its 109-year history been delayed - a benchmark that many dedicated people are never recognised for in achieving.