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Brain tumour sufferer Caroline MacDonald had a dream come true when the Extra in Scotland fixed for her to meet Fame Academy winner David Sneddon.
Caroline, (21), contacted the Archant Central Scotland publication, which is David’s local paper, in hope she could meet her idol – and the pop star called her and arranged for her to come and see him perform.


Staff at the Impartial Reporter were left deeply shocked following the death of colleague Trevor Scott, aged 33.
Trevor, whose wife gave birth to their second daughter hours before he died, had been on sick leave from his job as a typesetter in the production room.


The Liverpool Daily Post and Echo are to give rail passengers their first chance in almost 40 years to travel from Liverpool to London by steam train.
The papers plan to recreate The Merseyside Express in its post-war glory, using specially-restored coaches from the 1950s and 60s, in order to commemorate the steam train’s 75th anniversary this summer.


Budding reporters at a Long Eaton school were visited by the Derby Evening Telegraph’s deputy editor, Andy Wright, to be taught how an editorial department is run.
The first edition of Grange Primary School’s own newspaper, Grange Gossip, will go on sale at Easter.


Former Bury Times and Daily Herald journalist, Barrie Gill, has died, aged 68.
Barrie, who became well-known in the world of sports and entertainment marketing, joined the Times after graduating from Leeds University, before moving to the Herald, and eventually the BBC.


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