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New weekly ups print run for second edition

A new independent weekly paper for a Welsh county sold out in a number of shops after being launched last week.

The Pembrokeshire Herald hit the newsstands for the first time on Friday and will now up its print run by 2,000 for the second week after selling out in a number of supermarket outlets.

The new 40-page title is sold for 50p and 21,000 copies of it were distributed by Menzies Distribution to almost 200 retailers across Pembrokeshire.

It is published by the Milford Haven-based MegaGroup Pembrokeshire Ltd, which also runs the area’s free local monthly magazine Best.Publisher Tom Sinclair said: “We are really happy with how it has all gone. We are happy with all the messages of support from the community and people in public office in the area.

“Everyone is looking forward to having an independent paid-for title for the county.

“We are in the early stages but from our point of view, the way it has sold and the feedback has been really good.”

The Herald is named after the first local paper ever founded in the area, which was published on the same day, 5 July, in 1844.

Tom added: “As the Managing Director of a small local newspaper I want to thank Menzies Distribution, because without their help and support and the network they have in place it would have been 20 times harder to get this off the ground.”

The newspaper includes a dedicated Welsh language section and is being put together by a team of 15 staff.

Malcolm Woods was the first person to buy a copy of the Pembrokeshire Herald.