A newspaper set up to a serve a town in the wake of another title’s closure has gone to print for the first time.
The 48-page first edition of The Wokingham Paper hit the streets on Friday with a print run of 10,000.
The initial issue, priced 50p is a trial monthly edition, with a second edition to be published on 24 April with the aim of going weekly thereafter.
The Paper was set up by Phil Creighton, whose former paper the Wokingham Times closed in December as part of Trinity Mirror cutbacks, leaving the Berkshire Media Group’s Wokingham News as the only remaining newspaper in the town.
Said Phil: “I’m delighted that the first issue of The Wokingham Paper has gone on sale today. Birthing a newspaper is always a difficult process and it’s fair to say there were some blood, sweat and tears coming from our office yesterday.
“The team are true professionals, working extremely hard under challenging conditions to give the people of Wokingham the best possible newspaper.
The first issue contains more than 140 local stories, including a scoop about a US Olympic rower being reunited with his ring after 20 years.
The Paper, which began life under the working title of the Wokingham Independent, also takes a look at traffic problems in the area and ongoing regeneration schemes.
Phil added: “For a launch edition, it looks fantastic. Add in some brilliant columnists, heaps of exclusive pictures and a couple of family-friendly contests and it’s a bargain: 48 pages of local news for just 50p.
“Now we’ve got the debut issue out there it’s on to that difficult second album.”