Exclusive newspaper printing tour at Trinity Mirror Printing

Freebrough’s Ink reporters had the amazing opportunity to find out how the Coastal View and Moor News is printed at the Trinity Mirror Printing Teesside site. They witnessed the June 2016 issue being printed, which contained the reporting team’s very first articles. The students were amazed by the scale of the operation and all of the processes involved. Each section was explained to us and we were all shocked that they could print 70,000 copies in an hour!

Isaac was lucky enough to press the button to start the printing operation and each student took home a newspaper, hot off the press.

The history behind the old printing process compared to the new, showed the students how technology has advanced and we even brought back to the Academy the printing plates for our section.

We would like to say a big thank you to Steve for allowing us to look around the site and Dave who was our wonderful tour guide for the day, answering all of the students’ questions. The students were a credit to the Academy and asked interesting questions. Thanks also to Lynne and Steve, at the Coastal View for their cooperation and support with Freebrough’s Ink.

Photos and video can be found at the end of the article.

The students who were part of this experience wrote letters to say thank you…

Dear Trinity Mirror Printing,

I would like to thank you for the amazing tour of your printing facilities; in my opinion it was one of the best experiences I have has whilst at school: magnificent!

Furthermore, this has given me an insight into something, I would possibly like to do in the future: publish papers like yourself.

I couldn’t believe that your machine could produce a staggering 70,000 copies in an astonishing hour!


Reporter Freebrough’s Ink


Dear Dave and colleagues,

First of all I would like to thank you with my upmost respect for the breath taking experience of watching our very own Coastal View being printed.

So really all I would like to say is a massive thank you to all at Trinity Mirror Printing.

Yours sincerely Harvey

Freebrough’s Ink reporter


Dear Trinity Mirror Printing,

I am extremely grateful to the gang for letting us come and visit your work area. I had a prodigious day full of joy and interesting facts. I was intrigued by all the convivial machines and the moonstruck speed of the machines. Furthermore, I was astonished by how voluminous the paper rolls were. Although it was unquestionably loud when the machine was on, it was still stupefying to witness how fast it travelled on full speed. I am still unable to believe that you produce 70,000 papers per hour and the rolls are over 10 miles long! Again, thanks dearly, I am very indebted to you for the visit!

Recognition to you,


Reporter, Freebrough’s Ink


Thank you for our visit, my favourite part was seeing you print the papers. Overall I found it thrilling.



Dear Dave,

First I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Also it was so interesting to see how newspapers were printed, fantastic!

Thank you so much

Tom – Reporter Freebrough’s Ink


Dear Dave,

To begin with, I would like to say a huge thank you! It was so kind of you to spare some of your valuable time with us on this trip.

I really enjoyed learning about the technology that you use to print the newspapers. It was really interesting and educational.

Yours sincerely Andrew


Dear Trinity Mirror Printing,

I wanted to thank you for opening up your workspace to us. We had an amazing time. I really enjoyed coming to see the paper being printed. I loved knowing how all the machines worked and watching the paper come out of the printers and folders. WOW! I absolutely loved it.

Thank you

All the best


Freebrough’s Ink Reporter


Dear Dave,

First of all I just want to thank you for letting us see the printing wheel it went 70,000 copies per hour. If I could sum it up in 3 words it would be paper filled adventure.



A summary of the printing process is shown in the video below.