A weekly free paper which has reported on news from a seaside town for 10 years has published its final edition.
The Worthing Sentinel started life as a monthly publication inside Brighton’s The Argus before becoming a stand-alone monthly, then a weekly title.
But it has now ceased publication, with its last edition hitting the streets on 13 October.
Editor Paul Holden, who was the only journalist working on the Newsquest title, is understood to have been made redundant.
A tribute to the Sentinel and to Paul’s role as editor has been published on the Doctor WatsOn website, which reports on events taking place in West Sussex.
It says: “Paul Holden, the man that created this unique publication and its editor, was always championing the town and adopted a very a positive editorial approach – something sadly missing in many local papers across the land.
“Paul will be remembered for such things are organising the annual charity ‘fruit flinging’ extravaganza on the seafront, to commemorate the SS Indiana running aground in March 1901, spewing her cargo – tens of thousands of oranges and lemons, and the annual appeal for the donation of flags to decorate the promenade.
“Readers will also remember the often re-published photo of Paul marching across London Bridge with his sandwich board and placard proclaiming ‘There’s no smog in Sunny Worthing’ and ‘Visit Worthing, it’s a Sunny Delight’ to promote the town.”
Paul also used to file regular reports from Worthing and the wider area for The Argus.
Around three or four years ago, the Sentinel was combined with the Property Weekly title to be turned from a monthly to a weekly paper.
Michael Beard, group editor at Newsquest Sussex, declined to comment on the closure of the title.