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Regional daily moves to new offices after 25 years

A regional daily will move from its home of 25 years to a new town centre base later this year.

The Bolton News is to leave its Churchgate offices to move to new headquarters at The Wellsprings building in Victoria Square in October.

Other Newsquest titles which are based at the Churchgate offices and will move alongside the News include the Bury Times, Radcliffe Times, Prestwich and Whitefield Guide, and the free Bolton and Bury Journals.

The new offices are next to the town hall and museum and formerly housed Barclays bank and Connexions.

Staff from the papers’ editorial, commercial and newspaper sales departments will be based on the whole of the building’s ground floor.

Editor-in-chief Ian Savage said: “It is very exciting to be moving to new offices and staying in the heart of Bolton’s town centre.”

The News has announced the move to readers, saying it expects staff to move to the new offices by the beginning of October.

The regional daily was first published as the Bolton Evening News on 19 March 1867 and has had 12 editors in its 145-year history including Ian.

Before the paper moved to its Churchgate base, it had been based since its launch in offices which included a printing press in Mealhouse Lane in Bolton town centre.

The future of the Churchgate offices, which are leased by the paper, has not been determined.