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A Warrington comedian and compere who wrote a column for the Warrington Guardian for more than 10 years has died aged 71.
Peter Robinson, who appeared on stage all over the world, wrote entertainment news for the paper as Peter Douglas.

Thanks to an appeal from The News, Portsmouth, enough money has been raised to repair the 59-year-old D-Day memorial marking King George VI’s visit to troops shortly before they left for the Normandy beaches.
Stonemasons are now fixing the memorial, which was pushed over and smashed by vandals, and re-laying it with concrete foundations.

A 28,000-signature petition has been handed over to Swansea Council calling for barriers to be put around all of Swansea’s watersides.
The petition was launched by the Swansea Evening Post and the parents of Craig Lucas, a promising legal executive, who was found dead in at the Quay Parade in Swansea following a night out with friends.

A fundraising campaign to raise £75,000 for the RNLI has been backed by the Western Morning News. In just two months the Lifeboat 200 appeal has raised more than £9,000, which is enough to train six lifeboat crewmen for one year.
The Western Morning News readers have directly donated £4,234 whist others have given their pledge to a variety of events in aid of the appeal.

When a Cornish primary school recorded a song about making the world a better place, they never imagined that it would be possible to hear from all over the world.
The Cornish Guardian has put the song on its website at and now the voices of the 54 children in the song can be heard world-wide.

Months of hard work was concluded as ten and 11-year old pupils from Whites Wood Lane Primary school in Gainsborough met Lincolnshire Echo business editor Glynis Fox.
The youngsters have been creating their own newspaper pages as part of a history project and Glynis was invited to the school to help the children improve their writing skills.

A story that touched the nation’s heart has brought over £160,000 into Terri Calvesbert’s trust fund.
Terri, who suffered 90 per cent burns as a baby in a house fire five years ago, was brought into the spotlight in a television documentary. Her trust fund, set up by the Ipswich Evening Star, has seen more than £40,000 donated, with £11,000 arriving in just one day.

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