It was founded in 1865 as the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Mercury and, according to its website, has survived “intense competition, Hitler’s bombs, takeovers and strikes” since then. It’s also undergone two name changes: first to the Deal, Walmer, Sandwich & East Kent Mercury in 1928, then to its present title in 1959.
It’s published by the KM Group (formerly the Kent Messenger Group) from editorial offices in Deal.
There are two editions; the main edition covers Deal, Sandwich and district, while the smaller Dover Mercury covers that town. Both share the same section of the KM Group’s Kent Online website.
It comes out on Thursdays. An e-edition’s also on sale online.