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Star reborn as new free weekly hits the streets

A revived newspaper brand has hit the streets for the first time today featuring archived stories from the old daily version of the title.

Newsquest announced yesterday it was launching free weekly the Burnley Star – the name a “affectionate nod” to an evening title last published in 1983.

The first edition was brought out this morning and comprises 56 pages with a mixture of news, sport and features.

A nostalgia section also features a ‘From the Burnley Star…’ archives column, looking back at past news stories covered by the old title.

Burnley front

The Star is edited by Lancashire Telegraph editor Steve Thompson and produced by staff at the Blackburn-based Newsquest daily.

Steve said in a front-page editorial:  “Some of you may recognise the Star name.  It’s been 35 years since the Evening Star last appeared on newsstands in the town, so we thought we would give an affectionate nod to the past with this new brand.

“It has also given us an excuse to delve into our archives for a full page of nostalgia each week.”

Today’s launch follows those of the Oldham Times, the Warrington Post and the Blackburn Post by Newsquest over the past year.

A previous free title serving the town, the Burnley Citizen, was closed by Newsquest in November 2014 and replaced with a free Burnley edition of the Lancashire Telegraph, with a distribution of 10,000 copies each Thursday.

The free Burnley edition of the Telegraph will now cease although paid-for copies of the Telegraph will continue to be available in the town.

The old Burnley Evening Star, last published in 1983

The old Evening Star, last published in 1983