An editor made redundant last year has launched a community news website which aims to “talk up” his former patch.
Since leaving the Visiter, Andrew has been working as a freelance magazine and press release writer and PR consultant, while he is also a presenter on local radio station Sandgrounder Radio.
The Stand Up For Southport group already has more than 8,000 members on its Facebook group, with thousands more on its Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts.
Andrew, pictured, said: “You won’t find much crime or grime on our website. We want instead to be able to support everyone living, working or visiting the Southport area in a positive way.
“We have a dedicated coronavirus category, so people can see all the latest news about how the outbreak is affecting us all locally. And more importantly, how we can all help each other through it, and what official support is available, from trusted sources.
“We have a business category, as we urge everyone to do all you can to support our local businesses wherever you can. And as a community website, written by local people for local people, we have a vibrant guest blog section.
“In the light of the new restrictions put in place this week, we don’t want the required physical isolation to become social isolation, and this new website and associated social media groups will play an important part in doing that. Together, we will get through this.”
During his time with the Visiter, the title came runner-up in the 02 North West Media Awards in both 2016 and 2017.
Stand Up For Southport is run with Phil Gee, owner of digital firm Agency Of Boom.
He said: “We felt frustrated that the majority of exposure previously tended to be from keyboard warriors venting their anger in a daily basis and whilst I agree that everyone has a right to their opinion, Andrew and I saw a gap on social media for a safe place for the rest of the town to feel at ease to share their pride and joy at many aspects of our town.
“The feedback we have received has been amazing and with this being such a worrying time for us all, we hope that this group can continue to bring hope and joy to us all, whilst also communicating many important topics in a sympathetic and accurate way.”