A Saturday sports paper in Portsmouth, the Sports Mail, has been axed after 109 years. It goes as part of the restructuring of its sister title, The News.
It is one of the 44 Johnston Press papers being revamped this week as part of the second phase of relaunches of all the publisher's paid-for titles.
In a separate move, a free paper in Hastings, The Resident, is also to be closed down.
A souvenir edition of the Sports Mail was published on Saturday, looking back at its coverage down the years. And, on the News site today, chief sports writer Neil Allen bids an affectionate farewell to the paper.
He rightly points to the fact that Saturday sports titles have been closing down across the country for years: "There are three things certain in life – death, taxes... and the end of Saturday sports papers."
He was in Birmingham when its Sports Argus was closed in May 2006. Describing himself as "a relative newcomer to the south coast" his association with the Sports Mail stretches back only 12 years.
Even so, he was clearly moved by the need to attend the paper's funeral. "I did break," he writes. "Suddenly the situation struck home...
"We all thought the old girl would last forever, yet economics dictated otherwise. And so we all are left to mourn.
Deemed not financially viable in a climate when newspaper sales are being devoured by advances in technology, somebody in The News' hierarchy has decided to read the last rites.
And here we are, gathered here together, standing room only, watching the Sports Mail lowered into the ground. There surely cannot be a dry eye in the house."
He concludes: "Age may have claimed it, but for many, a lifetime of memories will never diminish. The Sports Mail has offered generations the elixir of youth, keeping people forever young. A true time-travelling companion.
"Now it is the end – except it will never be the end. Sleep well."