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'Trolley Dolly' offer too good to turn down

Britannia airlines hoped to end the myth that cabin crew members are just “trolley dollies” by inviting a reporter along to try their taxing training course. Leicester Mercury reporter Sarah Kerby joined the airline’s new recruits on their five-week intensive

News in brief

Ripley and Heanor News reporter Richard Gadsby bid a fond farewell to family, friends and colleagues ahead of his ‘trip of a lifetime’ travelling to trek across Australia.His replacement is Rebecca Hampson, formerly of the Ilkeston Advertiser, who is preparing

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A postal ballot to elect a National Union of Journalists deputy general secretary begins on June 2.Paid-up members are entitled to vote for one of four candidates who include Fraser Addecott, of the Brighton branch, John Fray, (Oxford), Greg Lloyd

Fowler appointed to head The Toronto Sun

Former regional press editor Neil Fowler has been appointed publisher and chief executive officer of The Toronto Sun. He will relocate from South Wales at the end of next month after being headhunted before Christmas. Neil, (47), is a former

News in brief

A tiny four-paragraph football report tucked away in the Somerset Standard relayed the tale of a hard-fought cup tie between Norton Hill Rangers and Wookey.The penalty shoot-out was covered thus: “As the first Norton Hill player stepped up to take

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Bristol Observer reporter Sharon Kelly has written a first-person piece for the paper, explaining her feelings since her 20-year-old brother Lee traveled to southern Iraq with 42 Commando Royal Marines.“Every time a newsflash appears telling of soldiers killed or injured

Mercury writers boost property pages

The Leicester Mercury has replaced its Saturday property pages with a bigger and brighter full colour Homes supplement. Fifty-six pages advertise around 2,000 homes for sale in the new-look Mercury supplement, which is designed to offer a comprehensive guide to

It ain't half hot mum!Newsrooms react to war

The regional press is capitalising on the time difference between Iraq and the UK – and to round-the-clock conflict – by bringing up-to-date news from the Gulf that the nationals can’t carry. Many are carrying up to 15 pages of

New deputy editor named at Scottish title

Richard Neville has been appointed as the new deputy editor of the Aberdeen Press and Journal. The former editor of Business-am, which ceased publication last year, he succeeds Kay Drummond, who is now deputy editor of the Leicester Mercury. Richard

Veteran journalist dies at 69

Veteran journalist Lawrie Simpkin, who worked at the Leicester Mercury for 28 years, has died. He was 69 and had battled against cancer. Lawrie joined the Mercury as its chief soccer writer, and when he retired 28 years later he

News in brief

The Gloucester Citizen has decided to stop using the word ‘bed-blocking’ because it considers the term out-dated and insulting to patients who, through no fault of their own, are stuck in hospital while social services and the NHS organise their

FC takeover supported by Mercury

The Leicester Mercury is backing a consortium, headed by Gary Lineker, that’s planning to rescue Leicester City Football Club from financial ruin. The club have been revealed to be as much as £74m in debt. There will shortly be a

Deputy editor appointed

The new deputy editor of the Leicester Mercury will be Kay Drummond, who is currently deputy editor of the Press and Journal in Aberdeen. Kay, (32), joined the P&J as a trainee in 1988 and held positions on the sports

Post puts readers in picture

The Bristol Evening Post has launched a new online picture service for its readers. A new website allows readers to order pictures which have appeared in the paper. The site will also contain images taken by Evening Post photographers that

Bid to halt Foxes slide

The Leicester Mercury has issued a rallying call to help keep rapidly sinking Leicester City football club in the Premiership. It claims the current season is the most important in the club’s 116-year-history. And the next four months and 17