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Chron is rewarded for community work

A Lancashire newspaper is making the news by being rewarded for its unsung work in the community.

The Oldham Chronicle was chosen by Oldham Rotary Club as the winner of its Community Service Shield this year.

The 146-year-old newspaper – and owners Hirst, Kidd & Rennie Ltd – was presented with the shield by club president, Terry Cooper.

Mr Cooper said: “The Chron – as it is affectionately known – has a reputation of being a caring employer, and during its long existence it has kept the town informed of local, national and international news.”

“It is involved in the community in Oldham, things like hospices, the Woman of Oldham, the Saddleworth Show and festivals.

“A lot of this is not publicised but it does happen.”

Mr Cooper explained how the shield went to the company which was prepared to go beyond what is expected in serving the community in Oldham.

He added: “The Chron certainly does that, in fact it goes a lot further than that.”

Philip Hirst, Managing director of the Chronicle’s owners said: “I am exceedingly honoured by this, but really we are doing our job which is to provide news for the people of Oldham, we will continue to do.”

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