A weekly newspaper has undergone a relaunch with a new masthead and a range of new features.
The Newsquest-owned Surrey Comet has changed its main masthead from black to grey and added new content including a Kingston Life section to celebrate local unsung heroes, as well as new celebrity columnists.
One Show presenter Angellica Bell will feature as the newspaper’s weekly Mum’s The Word columnist, while an opinion column will feature a different person each week.
The revamped newspaper was launched on Friday with Cabinet minister Edward Davey as guest columnist.
Assistant editor Julia Kennard said: “Since its birth in 1854, the Surrey Comet has strived to be a mirror image of Kingston’s social, political, industrial and cultural evolution.
“We have covered all the issues of the day, from the freezing weather that robbed farm labourers of their jobs in 1885 to the official opening of Kingston bypass in 1927, and the devastating blaze that left Madingley tower block residents homeless in 2010.
“It is this connection to our community that led us to consider taking the next step in that journey with our readers and rejuvenate the newspaper to reflect their changing views, news and aspirations.”
Added Julia: “We hope our readers enjoy the new look Surrey Comet and share our enthusiasm for all the paper has accomplished over the past 158 years and celebrate what we hope to be another 158 years – and more.”