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Editor oversees weekly’s relaunch ahead of job move

A weekly editor has overseen the relaunch of his paper just before moving to a new role.

The Llanelli Star was relaunched this week with three new sections for community news, entertainment and a female section.

The title unveiled its new look just weeks before editor Bede MacGowan moves to become editor of the Mid Somerset Series and Somerset Standard following the retirement of Philip Welch.

His appointment to the role was announced last month by Local World and he is set to take the helm at the end of this month.

The new-look Llanelli Star

In an article about the new look, Bede wrote: “Welcome to your new, improved Llanelli Star! From today, we’ll be giving our readers a lot more – more news, features and sport, more campaigns, columnists and opinions – and even more great offers and competitions.

“There are three brand new sections titled ‘Star Local’, which features all the stories from Burry Port, the Gwendraeth Valley and other communities in the area we serve; ‘Star Guide’, for all your entertainment news; and ‘Star Life’, which is aimed primarily at our female readers.

“In fact that’s just the start, but now I’ll let you explore these pages and find that out for yourselves. Be sure to let us know what you think — and rest assured there’ll be even more new features unveiled in next week’s paper.”

The paper includes new columns, including one by actor and recording artist John Owen-Jones, who is from the patch.

Bede has led the Star for four years after previously working at the South Wales Evening Post and The Western Gazette.

The last edition of the paper before the relaunch