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Double-page news and features spreads are adorning the walls of a Liverpool city centre pub after the owners thought it was time to reflect the Echo’s good news stories.
The ‘Echo Wall’ features the Capital of Culture bid, the Stop The Rot campaign, local festivals and the Echo’s own entertainment awards.


Neglected play areas highlighted in the Aberdeen Evening Express Save our Playparks campaign are among those to benefit from a £2m council cash boost.
The campaign swung into action when the paper revealed 85 play parks may have to be axed.


Sixty pensioners are feeling more confident in their homes and on the streets after the Paisley Daily Express bought them personal safety alarms.
The move was part of its Safe and Sound appeal, and went to members of the Evergreen Club.


Europe’s top decision makers have been presented with a plea on the use of airguns after the Middlesbrough Gazette sent a dossier to Brussels with Euro MP David Bowe.
He has also tabled a written question to the Commission on the back of the newspaper’s Ban Young Guns campaign.


A safety blitz has hit Hampshire after the Daily Echo teamed up with the county police force in the Be Safe, Be Sensible campaign, launched in an area where seven women fell victim to a serial sex attacker in the space of just five weeks.
Posters outlining steps people can take to help themselves have been placed throughout the region.


Reporter Mario Cacciottolo travelled to the wide-open prairies of Alberta Canada to report back on soldiers completing a six-month stint perfecting battle tactics.
His story was part of a series for the Derby Evening Telegraph about the work of Derbyshire servicemen and women.


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