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Loaded Magazine: The story now over for original lads' magazine which is to close

By Robert Dex

Loaded Magazine - which launched a generation of so-called lads' mags - is to close down, its publisher has confirmed.

The last edition of the magazine, which featured an interview with Noel Gallagher and Irvine Welsh, came out on Thursday.

Simian Publishing confirmed the latest edition would be the last.

The magazine exploded on to the market in 1994, with a recipe of features about drinking, football, music and scantily-clad women and contributors including Hunter S Thompson, Irvine Welsh and Nick Hornby.

Its sales, which were once comfortably in six figures, began to erode as readers migrated online and the magazine went through several owners.

Deputy editor Lia Nicholls posted pictures of the "very first and unfortunately the last" issues of the magazine on Twitter, telling readers: "Sad day. Loved every minute."

James Brown, who edited the magazine in its heyday, said the news was "a pity".

He said: "The last team seemed to have made a real go of it."

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