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Death of former Mercury reporter

Former Leicester Mercury journalist Kaye Almey has died at the age of 95. Born in Northampton, Kaye started her career at the Northampton Evening Chronicle. After marrying fellow reporter Kenneth Almey, who died in 1954, she moved on to the

Cash floods in to Mercury fund

A new charity fund being launched by the Leicester Mercury to benefit communities has already attracted more than £15,000 in donations. The Mercury Action Trust will help groups and individuals working within their communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The

Icke goes back to his newspaper roots

“Son of God”, BBC anchorman, ideological writer… David Icke has been, or professed to have been, all of these things during his life, but it is a less well-known fact that he took his first steps on the career ladder

Mercury meets most loyal readers

The Leicester Mercury has been meeting some of its most loyal readers. Following a story in the paper featuring Roy and Marguerite Webb, who have been reading the paper every day for the last 52 years, the Mercury has been

News in brief

Youngsters from the Leicester Mercury-backed Internet broadcaster Takeover Radio have taken their show on the road to appear live before 12,000 people at Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire.The station was set up to fill a gap in children’s broadcasting and

Mercury journalist goes bananas

In keeping with the latest trend of reality-TV, Leicester Mercury reporter Jeremy Clay decided to go bananas, and volunteered to spend a day in a monkey cage at Twycross Zoo. Jeremy monkeys around His home for the day was a

Mercury marks a year to remember

The Leicester Mercury has produced a special 28-page publication to celebrate its year of success. The Mercury was named UK regional newspaper of the year in the 2001 Newspapers Awards, run by the Newspaper Society. Editor, Nick Carter says: “While

Volunteers please!

Leicester Mercury staff are the latest volunteers to step forward for the paper’s We Need You! Challenge. The paper threw down the gauntlet for readers to fill 100 of the most pressing volunteering vacancies around the city and county. Dozens

Tall task for Elaine

With a passion for platform boots, Leicester Mercury reporter Elaine Galloway jumped at the chance to try out a pair at the ‘height’ of fashion, and donned the tallest boots in Britain. With 11in platforms and 16in heels, the boots,

Mercury sets readers new challenge

The Leicester Mercury has again laid down the gauntlet to its readers with the launch of its second challenge of 2001 – to recruit 100 volunteers. Just days after the success of the first Mercury Challenge – to equip and

Former press man in new crime role

Lawrie Simpkin is about to take over as chairman of the Leicestershire Crimestoppers board of the directors. He is a retired executive editor of the Leicester Mercury and public relations consultant and a former member of the County Crime Prevention

Mercury readers complete the challenge

Readers of the Leicester Mercury have proven they can rise to the challenge, after helping to turn an empty house into a sheltered place for child victims of crime and abuse. Four months ago the newspaper launched its St Bernard’s

Readers get a healthy 36-page special

Readers of the Leicester Mercury have been given a comprehensive insight into hospitals and the services they provide, in a free publication produced by the paper. Your Hospital is a 36-page supplement put together in partnership with the Dr Foster

Sad farewell to famous football writer

Football correspondent Bryon Butler, who died this week, learned his trade in the regional press. Bryon, (66), achieved national recognition as the BBC Radio football correspondent between 1968-1990 and wrote the popular Talking Football column in the Daily Telegraph. But

News from the small ads

One of the first rules of journalism is to read the small ads in your own paper. So when a Leicester Mercury features writer decided to take this rule on board, it came as no surprise to find him writing

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