It was founded in 1873 by William Henry and is the only paid-for weekly local title for the Ards. It’s published by Spectator Newspapers, who also produce the County Down Spectator (and, until 2012, the Newtownards Spectator).
It switched from broadsheet to tabloid format in June 2011.
It comes out on Thursdays. It boasts that it’s appeared every week since its foundations; it shifts to an alternative publication day if Thursday is a public holiday.