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Choose your regional Front Page of the Year 2017

It’s that time of the year again and our annual contest to find the best regional Front Page of the past 12 months is now under way.

It’s been a year of huge stories, most notably the terror attacks at Westminster and Manchester, and not surprisingly, the regional newspaper coverage of those tragic events features strongly in our shortlist.

But it’s also been another year in which regional newspapers have continued to campaign strongly on more local issues, from the shortage of public toilets in Poole to the potential closure of a food bank in Kirkaldy.

Our poll is now open and will run until 9am on Friday 5 January, with the winner will be announced on the site that morning.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to cast your vote. You can vote for up to three front pages.

Here is our shortlist of ten contenders.

‘Sherlock Holmes’ – The News, Portsmouth

Portsmouth’s daily paper backs a bid to bring a Sherlock Holmes exhibition centre to the city.

Portsmouth Sherlock

‘Remembering Viola Beach’ – Warrington Guardian

One year on from the horror accident that wiped out a promising young band, their local newspaper pays tribute.

Warrington Viola 1‘Terror at Westminster’ – Yorkshire Evening Post

The Leeds-based daily responds to the Westminster terror attack with an inspirational quote from the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox.

YEP Westminster

‘Open Them Now’ – Bournemouth Daily Echo

In one of the more light-hearted front pages of the year, Bournemouth’s Daily Echo highlights the lack of public toilet facilities in nearby Poole.

Bournemouth open‘Our Hearts Go Out To You’ – Bristol Post

Bristol’s daily sends a message of solidarity to the people of Manchester, two days after the terror attack at Manchester Arena which claimed 22 lives.

MAnc Bristol

‘There is a light that never goes out’ – Manchester Evening News

The MEN marks the national vigil for the Manchester bombing victims in the words of a Smiths song, one of a string of great  front pages published in the wake of the attack.

The MEN has been nominated for its Manchester terror attack coverage

The MEN has been nominated for its Manchester terror attack coverage

‘Farewell Saffie’ – Lancashire Post

The Preston-based daily bids an emotional farewell eight-year-old  Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester bomber.

LEP Saffie

‘300 crashes a year….’ – Sunderland Echo

The Sunderland Echo steps up its campaign for improvements to the A19 with a hard-hitting front page.

A19 Sunderland

‘Desperate’ – Worcester News

In a controversial front page, the Worcester News highlights the city’s growing drug problem with a partially-obscured picture of two addicts openly using drugs in the street.


Worcester drugs

‘Wake Up and Smell Reality’ – Fife Free Press

Last year’s winner the Fife Free Press comes up with another striking front page as it backs a campaign to save a local food bank.

Fife foodbank

Now cast your vote!

What was the best UK regional newspaper front page of 2018?

  • Jimmy Armfield 1935-2018 - Blackpool Gazette (45%, 1,277 Votes)
  • 'Remember to look up at the stars...' - Cambridge Independent (25%, 731 Votes)
  • Manchester terror attack - one year on - Manchester Evening News (20%, 581 Votes)
  • Goodbye Professor - Cambridge News (18%, 519 Votes)
  • 1918-2018 - The Northern Echo (10%, 298 Votes)
  • Scandal - Manchester Evening News (6%, 182 Votes)
  • We're Three Cans Deep - Daily Record (4%, 129 Votes)
  • Salute to our snow heroes - Fife Free Press (3%, 98 Votes)
  • 72 Dead - Dundee Evening Telegraph (3%, 87 Votes)
  • They're Coming - The Argus, Brighton (1%, 43 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,868

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  • December 20, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Brit Crops Hydroponics – regional papers will take any advertising!!

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