An independent weekly founded by former regional newspaper colleagues has closed after nine years in business.
The Cleethorpes Chronicle says it has published its last edition, blaming “tough trading conditions” and a “shrinking advertising market” for the decision.
Five full-time equivalent editorial staff are affected by the paper’s closure, along with four commercial staff.
A joint statement issued by Mark and Nigel reads: “We regret to announce that the Cleethorpes Chronicle has published its last edition.
“The decision is due to tough trading conditions. A shrinking advertising market does not allow us to continue producing the quality of newspaper our readers are accustomed to and deserve.
“We appreciate the enormous impact this decision has, not least on our staff, as well as the community of Cleethorpes and North East Lincolnshire, served by the paper for more than nine-and-a-half years.
“We take an enormous amount of pride in what we have achieved since March 2008, producing a well-read, highly-respected local newspaper every week during turbulent economic times.
“We would like to thank all our staff, readers, advertisers, contributors, distributors and retail outlets for their loyalty over the years.”
At the time of its foundation the Chronicle became the first paid-for weekly newspaper to serve the Lincolnshire seaside resort since the 1980s.