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Readers can now get their Evening Post in ‘Paradise’.
How? Well, the BBC has drafted in former pitman Adrian Loftus to add an authentic touch to the one-off show Paradise being partly filmed on location in Nottingham.
The producers called on the Evening Post to make sure the set is as realistic as possible. Copies of the paper are to be strewn about characters’ homes and the paper has already sent dozens of editions to the BBC’s London offices.


The Manchester Evening News is running its Gallery of Shame feature – naming drink drivers who appear in court – during the Christmas period.
The Gallery proved a huge success last year and was relaunched the week before Christmas.


The Cornish Guardian’s Centenary Appeal is set to be boosted by a set of 50 numbered wildlife prints from an artist whose work regularly appears in the newspaper.
Dick Twinney handed them over as a thank you for his work appearing in the Wildlife Gallery for the past two years.
The Appeal is hoping to raise £30,000 for a new sleep monitor at a local children’s hospital.


A couple who met through the Evening Herald’s personal ads, and got engaged just two weeks later, have tied the knot after their whirlwind romance.
They knew they were made for each other straight away after meeting through the Plymouth paper’s ‘People 2 People’ feature.


A festive Victorian fair has been held to raise money for the Hull Daily Mail’s Buses for the Blind appeal.
The Appeal wants to collect £42,000 to buy two minibuses for the local Institute for the Blind and has already attracted £13,000.


A surprise 50th birthday celebration was saved by the Brentwood Gazette after an appeal went out to find the owner of a bundle of nostalgic photos that were handed in to the paper.
A concerned postal worker found them and was worried they might never find their owner.
But after the paper carried a story it was revealed they were due to play a vital role in a surprise party – and the newspaper’s story was included in the final montage.


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