A weekly newspaper recently purchased by a regional publishing giant has apologised to readers after a page of births, deaths and marriage announcements failed to appear.
Production issues at the Isle of Wight County Press resulted in a local news page appearing twice, over-writing a page o family announcements.
The issue arose at the paper’s new print centre in Southampton, where it is now printed along with other Newsquest Hampshire titles.
The County Press was independently-owned until last year when it was bought by the publishing giant.
A story published on the paper’s website today described the missing page as a “significant error.”
It read: “Due to a problem at our new print centre in Southampton, one of our CP Local pages appeared twice, overwriting one of our Births, Marriages and Deaths pages.
“We at the Isle of Wight County Press know how sensitive these announcements are, and are truly sorry for the mistake.
“We will be contacting the families of those affected as soon as possible to offer our apologies and arrange refunds. We will have paper copies of the missing page available at our Pyle Street office from 9am.”
Publisher and editor Alan Marriott added: “I cannot be more sorry. We realise the sensitivity and importance of these announcements and will do all we reasonably can to make things right for those affected.”
In November, Newsquest announced that a voluntary redundancy scheme would be opened to all County Press employees except advertising staff but it is not known how many have taken it up.