Tongue-in-cheek local angles on national stories always raise a smile, and one regional daily didn’t disappoint after yesterday’s royal baby announcement.
The North Wales Daily Post, eager to cover the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, ran with the headline ‘Former Anglesey helicopter pilot expecting third child’ on its website.
Prince William was a search and rescue pilot for 22 Squadron based at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, during the early years of the couple’s marriage,
He later worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and wrote an exclusive piece for the Eastern Daily Press after completing his service in July this year.
The Post’s headline follows in a regional press tradition which includes examples such as ‘Tetbury man to wed’, which featured on the front page of the Bristol Post ahead of Prince Charles’s wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, pictured below.
The Western Daily Press, which is also based in Bristol, paid homage to its sister title following David Cameron’s resignation as an MP last year, with is ‘Cotwolds MP retires from politics’ splash being widely shared on Twitter.
And in November the Buchan Observer won plaudits online for its story following the American election, which was run under the headline ‘Aberdeenshire business owner wins presidential election’.