Readers of a weekly newspaper are being polled on whether to revive its old masthead ahead of a relaunch.
The packet – a type of boat used extensively during the 18th and 19th century to transport mail, passengers and freight domestically – featured on the newspaper’s masthead from its first issue in 1858 until 2004.
A redesign then saw the more generic logo adopted, but a recent discussion on Facebook prompted the Packet to reconsider the use of the traditional branding on its front page.
In a message to readers, editor Paul Armstrong said: “For 146 years the paper bore an ‘olde worlde’ design which had been on the front page since the paper was first published.
“Now while the new masthead incorporated into a redesign of the paper seemed like the right decision at the time, here at the Packet we have never lost our fondness for the old design.
“And now in 2016 we are looking at bringing the old masthead back and want to know what you think.
“Should we replace the current masthead with the old one or keep the current one? Have a look at the pictures of the old and current masthead and let us know what you think by voting in our online poll.”
So far, more than 90pc of respondents have voted in favour of returning to the traditional masthead.