"News is in the Skentelbery DNA - it's what we've always done in the 50 years since Orbit News opened its doors for the first time."
Warrington based media agency Orbit News is embarking on a “golden” year of celebrations to mark a major milestone in its history – 50 years making and breaking news in the town.
Founded by David Skentelbery in 1968, and now led by David’s son Gary, Orbit News remains a champion of Warrington’s business community 50 years on.
Originally set up as a news agency breaking exclusives for the major national newspapers, Orbit News continues to break news online via a daily online newspaper which runs alongside a range of free, monthly magazines read by more than 100,000 people every month, including its flagship publication Warrington Worldwide.
David – now aged 80 - stills works hand-in-hand with Gary on Orbit News’ online and in print publications, which include Lymm Life, Village Life (serving Stockton Heath, Grappenhall, Appleton and High Legh), Culcheth Life, Frodsham Life and Lifestyle.
“My father is an incredible man and, despite being 80, he continues to enjoy the cut and thrust of making and breaking news for our online and offline publications,” said Gary. “News is in the Skentelbery DNA, it’s what we’ve always done in the 50 years since Orbit News opened its doors for the first time.”
To mark the company’s 50th anniversary, Gary and a group of Orbit News partners, friends and customers will be raising funds for the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation through a series of charity fundraising events, including 10k run and 24-hour tennis marathon later this year.
March 20th this year sees the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing, which claimed the lives of the two young boys. It is something incredibly close to the heart of Gary. “I remember the day vividly,” he said. “I was heading to play in a football match – so I was dressed in my goalkeeper kit – when I received the call into Orbit News from a national newspaper asking us to get to Bridge Street. I rushed to the scene, walking through the back streets and stepped straight into where the bomb had gone off. It was a scene I will never forget.
“Despite all the pain the town went through – and the families in particular - Colin and Wendy have since gone on to become special friends and we’re incredibly proud to champion the charity and all the amazing work they do in our 50th year,” said Gary, who is now the Peace Foundation’s longest serving patron. He also sits on the board of the town’s Chamber of Commerce and Warrington Disability Partnership.
He also spent 10 years at the board at local football club, Warrington Town, serving as Chairman for several years before retiring as a director last year.
As well as a series of fundraising challenges throughout 2018, Orbit News is sponsoring the Warrington Business Awards and will be giving back through a range of events and activities to support for young people and businesses in the town.
“Warrington has supported us so much over the years,” Gary added. “So we want to make sure we continue to do the same by giving something back to the community.”
For updates on the range of activities taking place to celebrate Orbit’s 50th anniversary year in 2018 visit http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/.