Ayr Advertiser

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Ayr Advertiser
TypeWeekly newspaper
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Ayr Advertiser is a weekly Scottish local newspaper, serving the community of South Ayrshire with local news, issues and sports coverage. The Ayr Advertiser is Scotland's oldest weekly newspaper.[citation needed]

The paper is part of the Ayr Advertiser Series, which incorporates the Troon and Prestwick Times and the Carrick Herald. It is produced as part of the Ayrshire Weekly Press (AWP) group, with sister papers including the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, the Irvine Times, Largs and Millport News and the Cumnock Chronicle. The owners of the AWP were Clyde and Forth Press, who owned titles across the UK. The company went into receivership after the death of Deirdre Romanes and were acquired by management and Lloyds Bank under the name Romanes Media in 2012.[1] Newsquest acquired Romanes Media in 2015.[2][3]

Historical copies of the Ayr Advertiser, dating back to 1839, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive.[4]

In October 2020, during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Ayr Advertiser ran a story about the diagnosis of US President Donald Trump with COVID-19 under the headline "Turnberry hotelier tests positive for coronavirus", in reference to his ownership of the Trump Turnberry golf course.[5][6]


  1. ^ Management buyout saves Dunfermline Press group
  2. ^ Newsquest acquires 29 more newspapers as it buys Greenock Telegraph publisher Romanes
  3. ^ Cost-cutting Newsquest/Gannett goes on the acquisition trail
  4. ^ Digitised copies of the Ayr Advertiser
  5. ^ Thom, Ryan (2 October 2020). "Turnberry hotelier tests positive for coronavirus". Ayr Advertiser. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  6. ^ "This local paper has the best take on Donald Trump's Covid diagnosis". The National. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.

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