The Field celebrates 150 years with golden issue

LONDON - The Field magazine, IPC Media's country and leisure title, is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary in January 2003 with a special souvenir issue, which will have a gold cover and a full and exact facsimile of the first issue.

The magazine was launched on January 1 1853 by its first editor Mark Lemon, as a gentlemen's sporting newspaper.

It has since positioned itself at the heart of British rural life by taking a high-profile place in the country pursuits enjoyed by its readers, as well as paving the way for modern sports through its involvement in them.

Its sporting achievements include helping to draft the first rules of lawn tennis, which led to players of the first Wimbledon tournament competing to win The Field trophy. The magazine campaigned for the standardisation of the golf ball in 1921 and established the Long Driving Championship of the World in 1922. It also had a hand in the future of boat racing by being responsible for formulating the rower's sliding seat in 1873.

The Field also boasts having produced a Turkish War Atrocities Special during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915; having its own correspondent through the Crimean war; and, in 1854, it printed a personal narrative of those who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Jonathan Young, editor of The Field, said: "The Field is an extraordinary magazine and it's a great privilege for me to be in the editor's chair at this special moment. We handed over the first cup at Wimbledon and had a reporter at the Charge of the Light Brigade, and have pretty much set the pattern for British rural life for 150 years."

The magazine will celebrate throughout next year by featuring articles on the people who contributed to the magazine over the years. The January edition goes on sale on December 19.

The Field is part of IPC's Country and Leisure media division, which publishes Horse & Hound and Country Life.

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