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A REAL HANDFUL: Pensioner Godfrey Hill has been called The Messiah, an alien and a freak – because he has a thumb and five fingers on each hand. The 72-year-old retired engineer has hexadactyly. The condition is said to affect

Biker chick found

Leicester Mercury editor Nick Carter has been invited to the wedding of a motorbike-mad couple – brought together by his newspaper. Roy Green met bride-to-be Donna Quartermaine after she responded to his “Biker Chick Wanted” advertisement on the Mercury’s Meeting

Mike Jeanes on regional newspaper sections

The full text of the speech delivered by Mike Jeanes, market research manager, The Newspaper Society, at the NS Newspaper Sales and Promotions Conference 2000. This session takes a fresh look at the Newspaper Society’s recent sections research, focusing on

Magazine-style sections boost Saturday sales

Saturday sections in regional daily papers are boosting sales when publishers achieve the right mix of “national quality and local content”. That is the upbeat message from the Newspaper Society’s market research manager. Mike Jeanes gave a presentation on newspaper

Sales figures show winners and losers

MORE than 50 regional daily newspapers lost sales in the second half of 1999, new figures show. But the message from the Newspaper Society was upbeat after data for 1,224 daily and weekly titles was published on the same day

Midlands awards shortlist revealed

Nominations for the awards are as follows: DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEARBirmingham Evening MailNottingham Evening PostSunday Mercury WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAREvesham JournalHinckley TimesLoughborough Echo NEWS / CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMME OF THE YEARBBC Midlands Report, Ghost TrainBBC Radio Derby Breakfast

Praise from the PM

Five regional daily newspapers have been dubbed “trailblazers” by Prime Minister Tony Blair for their work in encouraging volunteers to take part in community activities. He singled out the Plymouth Evening Herald, the Leicester Mercury, the Newcastle Journal, the Manchester

Regional titles join Mozambique appeals

As the Mozambique flood disaster continues to cause appalling suffering for up to a million people in the poverty-stricken African state, regional newspapers around the UK have been finding local angles on the crisis and publicising ways in which their

Leicester's new-look is a hit!

Day one of the new-look Leicester Mercury – and the first edition rolled off the presses with a tribute to its readers’ generosity on page one. Headlined “WE’RE THERE!”, the splash told how readers had contributed to a massive £120,000


UNITED ON BABY’S NAME: A West Midlands husband who wanted to name his son after the entire Manchester United team has been persuaded by his wife to settle instead for a simple Ryan Matthews – in honour of United’s Ryan

News NIBs from around the regions

POSTMAN’S NIGHTMARE: A Rottweiler chased unlucky postman Paul Elliott into a telephone kiosk after stealing a full mail bag out of his hand. The Shields Gazette reported that Paul rang the assistant manager at the South Shields sorting office who

Sad farewell to a colleague

Journalists from all over the Midlands were among some 200 mourners at the funeral of reporter Richard Wood yesterday. Richard, 49, who was known as “Dickie” to his many friends and colleagues, died when he was struck by a train

Mercury spreads its wings

Readers of the Leicester Mercury are being prepared for a new look from March 1. Since January 1999, staff at the 115,000-circulation evening title have been working with international designer Lucie Lacava on a more modern layout and structure. Her

Mercury readers make a wish come true

Readers of the Leicester Mercury have poured more than £1,000 into a fund to make a dying grandmother’s wish come true. Thanks to the generous donations, Carol Caven’s grandchildren – Allyssa, aged six, and James, aged five – will be

'Hoot' dunnit?

The Leicester Mercury has been rocked by the kidnapping of a familiar face. ‘Elaine the owl’ disappeared from the subs’ desk on November 22, and in its place a chilling ransom note was left by the evil wrong-doers. The realistic

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