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London 2012 heroes give newspapers moment to shine

Britain’s local and regional newspapers have been on their mettle as the medals flowed for Team GB at London 2012.

Daily and weekly newspapers have been swift to highlight the success of their local heroes with a series of stunning front pages.

They included a wraparound front and back page by The Cornishman featuring gold medal winning rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, who is originally from Penzance.

Cornishman editor Jacqui Walls said: “It was such a monumental achievement by a local girl who only took up rowing four years ago and is extremely well known and well respected in the Penzance area. We really wanted to do her and her family proud.

“The paper has already had a fantastic reaction on the streets of west Cornwall, with many of our readers really appreciating the effort we have gone to in order to celebrate this historic gold medal win.”

Here’s a selection of some of the best front pages we have seen so far.  If you have a medal-winner on your patch and would like your front page featured here, send it to us at editor@htfp.co.uk.

The Newham Recorder, which circulates in the Games' host borough, kicked off its coverage with this front page report on the opening ceremony.

 

Plymouth's The Herald celebrates the bronze medal secured by diver Tom Daley, who is from the city.

Cycling's new golden girl Laura Trott pictured with her medals on the front of the Cheshunt and Waltham Mercury

 

The Milton Keynes News celebrates Saturday's surprise gold medal for Greg Rutherford in the long jump.

 

And not to be outdone, here's how the rival Milton Keynes Citizen covered the story.

  

The Enfield Independent featured a trio of local heroes in dressage gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin, show jumper Ben Maher and high-jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz

 

The Dorset Echo looked to James Bond for inspiration for its front page headline on Dorset-based Peter Wilson's triumph in the double trap shooting event.

 

The Bath Chronicle's coverage of Heather Stanning and Helen Glover's rowing gold. Glover went to school in Somerset while the duo were originally put together at Bath University’s elite athletes centre.

 

Mansfield swimmer Rebecca Adlington's bronze medal in the 400m freestyle is given the full treatment by the Mansfield Chad.

 

The North Wales-based Leader urges on Wrexham rowing trio Tom James, Chris Bartley and Vicky Thornley in their bid for gold.

 

The Cornishman's take on the Glover-Stanning rowing triumph. Ms Glover is originally from the county.

 

The Worcester News captures the anguish of Worcestershire cyclist Jess Varnish after her disqualification in the womens' sprint alongside teammate Victoria Pendleton.

 

Another wraparound, this time from the Dorking Advertiser featuring the cycling road race which took place on its patch.

 

The Surrey Comet features Bradley Wiggins on its front page after he won a gold medal in the cycling road race time trials, which took place on its patch.

 

Bedfordshire on Sunday celebrates the achievements of its two cycling gold medallists, Etienne Sott from Bedford and Stotfold-born Victoria Pendleton.

 

Canoeist Etienne Stott also featured on the front of Bedford's Times & Citizen.

 

Meanwhile Hitchin's Comet also featured Victoria, who hails from the nearby village of Stotfold, on its front page

 

Another Pendleton front page, this time from the Biggleswade Chronicle whose patch includes her home village of Stotfoldold

 

Bournemouth's Daily Echo and the Dorset Echo, below, produced wraparounds following the gold medal success of Ben Ainslie in the sailing, which is taking place off the Dorset coast.

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  • August 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm
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    Like the Dorset clay pigeon one best – nice effort.

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  • August 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm
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    Some nice ones … Dorking cyclists great picture (albeit design a bit cluttered)… but others show that typography rules etc are there for a reason

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  • August 10, 2012 at 10:33 am
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    Great front pages except;

    MJ News – bet that dark picture printed well?!

    Mansfield Chad – get rid of the huge pic of a bloke eating a burger – looks like template hell

    Bournemouth Echo – seen better pics of celebrations

    Surrey Comet – White masthead on light background doesn’t work. Is it a readers photo?

    Wrexham leader, rubbish set of cut outs.

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  • August 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm
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    Some great front pages: just a note to say Citizen First came out before MK News, so less a case of ‘not to be outdone’ and more the original, and the best!!

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