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The ‘golden era’ of newspapers in Northern Ireland is to be remembered by comedian Frank Carson for the BBC’s Bits of Belfast TV series.
He’ll meet up with News Letter columnist Mervyn Pauley to remember the days when four newspapers – the News Letter, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and Northern Whig – operated in the city’s media centre, around Donegall Street.

The Liverpool Echo is urging the elderly around Liverpool to get their homes fitted with a door chain.
It is part of the Be Safe campaign to help give readers the best chance of avoiding being burgled.

The Bolton Evening News is planning to celebrate Westhoughton’s past, present and future, and is to hold a photographic exhibition in the town next month.
Pictures from the past, including many from the Evening News archives, will be held at the town library.

So many toys and gifts have been delivered to the Weston and Worle News office for its Christmas present appeal that the newspaper office has run out of space.
Fortunately, the Weston-super-Mare winter gardens has managed to find some extra storage space.

An appeal has been launched by the Kidderminster Shuttle/Times to help a desperately ill woman have the chance of a new life.
She needs a £2,800 mobile oxygen machine to help her build up enough strength to survive a heart-lung transplant.

Amesbury Journal columnist and wildlife rescue volunteer Liz Spring was among the award-winners at a local chamber of commerce awards night.,
She was the winner of the Community Initiative of the Year award for her wildlife work.

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