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A dedicated Aberdeen Journals employee has been awarded a long-service award to mark his 30 years in pre-press.Denis Burt began his career making up adverts using “hot metal” when the Press & Journal was a 12-page black-and-white paper. He has

Taking journalism into the gutter

Why would a reporter walk through Leicester city centre dropping coke cans into flower beds and lobbing half-eaten McDonald’s burgers over his shoulder? It must have been part of an experiment, of course! As the Leicester Mercury’s anti-litter campaign Clean

On the move

Bristol United Press finance director Andrew Calvert is to fill a newly-created Northcliffe group position of corporate development director. His new role will be to advise the board on mergers and acquisition strategy, competition compliance issues and risk management. Chief

Former editor Leys becomes MD

Several senior appointments have been announced at Northcliffe Newspapers. The moves will see former editor Alex Leys become managing director of the Nottingham Evening Post. Alex’s track record includes editorships of the Lincolnshire Echo, Derby Evening Telegraph and Leicester Mercury

Party time at the hive!

A Beehive-shaped caked covered with “smiley” bees was the centrepiece at celebrations to mark the second anniversary of two Midlands’ beehive community networks. The Derbyshire and Leicestershire Beehive networks were launched in December 1999 as joint pilot projects for the

Leicestershire Beehive publishes 300th site

The Beehive Online Community Network at thisisleicestershire, which gives non-profit-making groups the chance to create and publish websites free of charge, has reached a landmark of 300 sites. With the help of the Leicester Mercury’s Beehive co-ordinator Kerry Williams, five

Politics and sport boostNEP output

The onset of summer – and an impending General Election – has prompted the launch and development of several new websites from Northcliffe Electronic Publishing in the Midlands. Four new NEP sites will carry all the local election news from

Beehive buzzing in Leicester

The Leicester Mercury is celebrating achieving 250 public websites for its Beehive Community Network with a publicity surge to encourage more groups to sign up. The initiative was highlighted in a two-page spread in the paper to show how community

Log on to the Mercury while out shopping

An innovative new project has been launched by the Leicester Mercury to strengthen links with its audience. Readers can now interact with the paper while shopping after new technology was installed at two city shopping centres. Two new media kiosks

Old soldiers honoured at Mercury event

Scores of old soldiers have been honoured at a reception organised by the Leicester Mercury. Captain Nikolaos Louloudis, the Greek defence attaché, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Timothy Brooks, and Mercury editor Nick Carter were among those who paid tribute to

Mercury reporter foxed by 'sex change'

‘Sometimes, it hard to be a woman’, sang Tammy Wynette in her classic hit Stand by Your Man. But as Leicester Mercury reporter Rebecca Jenkins discovered, it’s trickier to be a man. The writer donned a fake moustache and bulging

Readers raise £8,000 to beat rare condition

The Leicester Mercury has helped to raise £8,000 for a toddler with a unique disorder. Two-year-old Toby Marriott, cannot yet walk or talk, is partially sighted and slightly deaf. He needs specialist toys and equipment to help his development, but

Reunion follows war feature

Sid Chandler enjoyed his happiest Christmas in years after an appearance in the Leicester Mercury led to an emotional reunion. The 86-year-old from Loughborough was featured after finally discovering how his father died in France while fighting in the First

Gambling Man

Page 1 of 4 I have a confession. I’m the sucker who gambled everything on black and lost.This is my story… When the Leicester Mercury asked me to spend a night in a casino and report back I jumped at

Mercury staff meet up

Former Leicester Mercury workers have got together again for their annual reunion. The event took place at Filbert Street where almost 100 pensioners from all departments enjoyed a Christmas lunch and drinks in Leicester City FC’s Carling stand. Among the

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