Our annual contest to find the best regional newspaper front page of the last 12 months is under way again – and we want your help to find the winner.
We are today publishing a long-list of contenders featuring some of the best front pages that we have featured on the site during 2018.
Now we are inviting HTFP readers to submit their own nominations before we whittle it down to a final shortlist of 10 for our final vote which will open next week.
Voting will continue over the Christmas and New Year period with the winner announced in January.
Last year the annual poll was won by a weekly title, the Warrington Guardian, with a moving front page tribute to local band Viola Beach, whose members died in a car accident in Sweden.
And the Newsquest-owned Guardian is among the contenders again this year with its commemoration of another tragic event affecting the town – the Warrington bombing of 1993.
By contrast the summer heatwave led to an invasion of jellyfish off the Kent Coast – and a striking front page from the Folkestone and Hythe Express.
The death of physicist Stephen Hawking led two rival Cambridge newspapers to produce their own front page tributes, and both are nominated here.
Other big stories reflected in the list include the 70th anniversary of the birth of the NHS (Swindon Advertiser), the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One (the Northern Echo,) the death of footballing great Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool Gazette) and the helicopter crash which killed Leicester City owner Khun Vichai (Leicester Mercury).
There are also two front pages in which newspapers highlighted particular social issues affecting their patch, from a spate of drugs-related deaths (Dundee Evening Telegraph) to rising homelessness (Daily Record.)
But if your favourite isn’t in the list, and you think it should be, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or have your say in the comments.
Here is our long-list in full.
…and here are the ones you think should be on the list, based on nominations sent in or tweeted by HTFP readers.
They’re Coming – The Argus, Brighton
A Lasting History of Time – Cambridge News
The Secret Police – Greenock Telegraph
Blood red memorial – Campbeltown Courier