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TV personality Lowri Turner has been speaking to the people of Wales in her new exclusive column for The Western Mail.
The hard-hitting journalist and television star writes every Friday with a no-holds-barred views on what is happening in Wales and the world. She is from a Welsh family, is passionately Welsh and considers herself “very Welsh”.


Grimsby Evening Telegraph reporters Lucy Wood and Eve Parish donned sequinned jackets and learned their lines as they joined a professional production of Aladdin and took to the stage for the sake of a feature article.
They took the places of two of the princess’s maids and strained to keep a straight face as they joined in some seasonal fun before being bombarded with squirting water… as the regular cast set them up in front of a packed house.


Editor Heather Pickstock joined students, traders and councillors for a special litter pick in Nailsea, near Bristol, which was organised by the North Somerset Times.
The newspaper has spearheaded a Bin It – Tidy up Our Town campaign following concerns over the amount of rubbish on the streets.


Lectures from some of the top names in photography will be among the events at Falmouth College of Arts’ Fast Forward symposium for the BA photography students.
Canadian-born Homer Sykes, whose work features regularly in The Sunday Times Magazine and The Observer Magazine and Newsweek, will be one of the experts taking part.


An employee of the Highland News Group has raised more than £1,000 for a charity backed by the company.
Maureen Fridge, who works for the advertising department at Highland News, which publishes five newspapers including the North Star and Lochaber News, organised a Christmas draw to raise money for the Highland Heartbeat charity, which needs £755,750 to build a Cardiac Rehabilitation and Resource Centre.


The generosity of Yorkshire Evening Post readers has meant that patients across the county are benefiting from a new life-saving heart scanner.
The machine, at Leeds general Infirmary, was paid for by the Post’s Heartbeat Scanner Appeal”.


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