CarolynneCarolynne was created four days after the university opened by the members of Bowland college and was named after the girlfriend of its founder, William Smethurst in an attempt to attract her attention. It worked, and the couple’s engagement was announced in the magazine in 1968.

Carolynne CoverCarolynne became very popular around the local area and there was both a university and a city edition (the latter was sold in Lancaster, Morecambe and Preston newsagents). Princess Alexandra, the Chancellor of the University also subscribed to the magazine! Carolynne was financially and editorially independent from the university and was able to report on issues outside the University’s academic life.

The magazine was rated second only to Oxford’s student paper and the January 1968 edition boasted a circulation of over 2,500. From 1967 onwards, a different cover girl from the university graced the cover of the magazine wearing the ultra-fashionable clothing of the time.

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