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A celebration of the life of Naomi Bunting was held yesterday at Barnard Castle Methodist Church, where friends and colleagues gathered to pay tribute.
Naomi was deputy editor of the Teesdale Mercury and Wear Valley Mercury. She died last month after a short illness, aged 44.

The Lincolnshire Echo has launched a campaign to open a rape crisis centre for the county.
Editor Jon Grubb said: “The people in Lincolnshire who have suffered this appalling crime deserve help and support and it is unacceptable that in this day and age they have no one to turn to.”

Former Scotsman journalist Jim Dow is to be honoured with a lifetime membership of the National Union of Journalists.
Now in PR and new media, he was a reporter, assistant news editor and business editor in his 23 years at the paper.

Glasgow Evening Times cartoonist Kieran Meehan has been nominated for an award from the National cartoonist Society in America, the Oscars of the cartoon world. Kieran’s work has received worldwide attention through syndication in America, Portugal and Malaysia.

The Kentish Express has launched a campaign to remove traffic lights at a notoriously congested junction on the M20.
Problems at the roundabout at Junction 10 has prompted the paper to lobby the Highways Agency.

A rallying call has been made for the West’s tourism industry to unite behind the Western Daily Press campaign to achieve protected status for unique foods of the West.
The Daily Press campaign, launched with the backing of Taste of the West, aims to persuade more producers to apply for either Protected Designation of Origin or Protected Geographical Indication status for their products, to preserve integrity, ward off unfair competition and add value.

A cockatiel has been named “Shropshire Star” because he insists on having his cage lined with his favourite newspaper.
Readers have so far resisted the temptation to comment on the story…

A 193-year-old edition of the Belfast Telegraph has been uncovered in the attic of a man in Hillsborough.
He found it lining an old Royal Army Medical Corps trunk, used in the First World War, even though the paper is 100 years older than that.