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The Malton and Pickering Mercury won Newspaper of the Year at the recent Yorkshire Regional Newspapers Ltd Awards.

Since re-launching, the title has doubled in circulation and campaigned for a Roman Fort to be excavated to form a major tourist attraction.

It is recognised by the Newspaper Society as Britain’s fastest-growing weekly newspaper.

Editor David Penman (also editor of the Scarborough Evening News) said: “The Malton and Pickering Mercury has been a tremendous success.

The enthusiasm shown by the staff, in editorial, advertising and newspaper sales, has transformed the paper from a sleepy weekly into a sales phenomenon.”

Mercury staff were vying for a range of prizes with other company titles, including the Scarborough Evening News, Whitby Gazette, Filey Mercury, Malton and Pickering Mercury, Bridlington Free Press, Driffield Times & Post, Pocklington Post and Beverley Guardian.

The Evening News claimed 17 first places in the list of awards.

They were:
*Sports reporter of the year: Andy Bloomfield*Feature writer of the year: Louise Howbridge*Best front page: David Penman
*Best use of editorial colour: David Penman
*Special publication of the year: Millennium Memories
*Sports photographer of the year: Kevin Allen*News photographer of the year: Kevin Allen
*Photographer of the year: Richard Ponter
*Display advert of the year: Andy Longhurst
*Advertising innovation of the year: Andy Longhurst
*Advertising feature of the year: Andy Longhurst
*Co-op advert of the year: Joanna Machin
*Newspaper sales growth award: Tim Beagles and Clair Dobson
*Production person of the year: Michelle Wallis
*Finance person of the year: Tracey Pashby
*Customer care award: Newspaper sales
*Team of the year: Scarborough artists

The other awards were:
*Trainee reporter of the Year: Adam Moss (Malton and Pickering Mercury)
*Reporter of the Year: Tim Readman (Whitby Gazette)
*Sub-editor of the year: Damian Holmes (Whitby Gazette)
*Editorial campaign: Les Heath and Sheila Elgey (Malton and PickeringMercury)
*Best editorial in-paper marketing campaign: Malton and Pickering Mercury(Your Local Local)
*Editorial team of the year: Malton and Pickering Mercury (floods coverage)
*Editorial innovation award: Les Heath and Sheila Elgey (Malton and Pickering Mercury)

Yorkshire Regional Newspapers is part of the Johnston Press publishing company. The Evening News covers Scarborough as well as the surrounding villages and Filey.

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