Nearly 120 years of daily newspaper publishing comes to an end in Lincoln today as the city’s newspaper prepares to go weekly.
Today’s is the last edition of the Lincolnshire Echo before it becomes a weekly next Thursday.
Today’s 96-page paper includes a 20-page pull-out crammed with pictures of school starters.
But there are no “farewell” headlines with acting editor Steven Fletcher and his team already looking forward to the new-look paper’s debut.
However no frontline staff reporters or feature writers were among those made redundant.
Said Steven: “Of course we were all sad to see the last daily go off to the printers, but everybody is now looking ahead to putting out a cracking weekly paper.
“The newsroom has been re-invigorated since we started planning the content and design. We have restructured the department to ensure we have a strong writing team, and the subbing team are well on with implementing the new design.
“Many readers have written in to say they are disappointed to see the end of their daily Echo, and that is to be expected. I completely understand it.
“But I am confident we’ll give them a weekly paper crammed with great content that they will keep coming back to. Mel Cook at Scunthorpe and Marc Astley at Exeter have recently gone through the change to weekly, and have given good advice about the pitfalls to watch out for.”
The first edition of the weekly will be 192 pages, which includes a 44-page property pull-out