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Employee-owned newspaper celebrates 40 years

A weekly Scottish newspaper which claims to be the only title in the UK owned by its employees has celebrated 40 years in print.

The West Highland Free Press was launched in 1972, and three years ago was sold to its employees by its founders – including former MP and UK government minister Brian Wilson.

In an article to mark the occasion the paper said that it intended to ensure that its relationship with its readers flourished over the next four years.

It read: “We believe that a thriving West Highland Free Press is a good news story not only for the paper itself, but also, much more importantly, for the region and the wonderful communities that we aspire to serve.”