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Every day regional newspapers up and down the land go into battle on behalf of their readers. On this page you will find an archive of the hundreds of stories which HoldtheFrontPage has carried about newspapers fighting for their communities.

Herald wins tribute towar heroes

A Tamworth war hero has become part of the town’s infrastructure – barely two years after he was a virtual unknown. The turnaround has happened because of a campaign by the Tamworth Herald and its deputy editor, Phil Shanahan, chairman

More than a business a day

The Business A Day campaign from the Evening Gazette has helped kick-start 144 new ventures around the Middlesbrough area. The paper launched its bid to help create new firms with support from a local business support agency, and nine other

Journal campaign helps net education funding

A campaign in The Newcastle Journal has clinched almost £9m for education in the North-East. The campaign was started after The Journal reported how the Government was taking money from local council adult education funding and spending it elsewhere. The

Move to beat organs shortage

A campaign to encourage more people to carry donor cards has been launched by the Cambridge Evening News. Nearly 400 people in the region are on the waiting list for an organ transplant, and many of those will die before

Knife amnesty success

Attacks in towns across North Aberdeenshire have been significantly reduced since the launch of the Evening Express Bin the Blade weapons amnesty, part of the Safer Scotland campaign. Launched last year, the amnesty has resulted in the recovery of more

Cut the Jams hits a snag

Drivers in Aberdeen are facing months of traffic chaos after council bosses admitted a major bridge could stay shut until June. But despite the setback, the Evening Express has vowed to continue its Cut the Jamscampaign for motorists affected by

Pay-out plea to new minister

The South Wales Argus greeted the Prime Minister’s enforced Cabinet reshuffle with a front page open letter to new energy minister Peter Hain. Neath MP Mr Hain now has the responsibility for overseeing the £1.5bn compensation scheme for ex-miners. The

Six hundred back theatre bid

A massive response to a newspaper plea to save Scunthorpe’s Jubilee Theatre has brought a bumper postbag of 600 protest letters and coupons. Readers are putting pen to paper in a bid to save part of the town’s history. The

Donations soar after blood plea

Blood banks in north-east Scotland have received a welcome top-up after a plea to readers of the Evening Express. The Aberdeen paper’s Life Blood campaign helped boost attendance figures for blood donations by 40 per cent in the first two

Cash goal for footy fans

Football fans could be the latest group of people to help score some cash for an appeal by the Paisley Daily Express. The Paisley Partnership has organised a special footballing event to raise money for the Laura’s Playpark Appeal to

Citizen crushes cars

Dozens of vehicles in Gloucestershire are to be towed away and crushed following a campaign backed by The Citizen. Operation Dodger – a joint council and police initiative – was launched to rid the city’s streets of abandoned, untaxed and

Safety message driven home

The success of a campaign to encourage children to wear cycle helmets has resulted in schools throughout a city running a pilot scheme to hammer the message home. Derby is one of three areas in Britain that will show the

WDP gains supportof 100 MPs

The Government is facing increasing pressure to bring in new laws to protect naval war graves after 100 MPs from all parties backed a Western Daily Press campaign to ban the plundering of wartime wrecks. The campaign has prompted a

Mega-victory in Micra fight

Tony Blair has paid tribute to two North East papers for their part in the fight to get Nissan to build the new Micra in Sunderland. The Prime Minister sent his personal congratulations to both the Sunderland Echo and the

Citizen in pub win

A winner has been announced in the Blackpool Citizen’s competition to name a new pub in St Annes. Readers were asked to nominate topical names for the new Wetherspoon’s free house which opens in February. Suggestions ranged from the ridiculous

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