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Hyperlocal marks 15 years in business after vow to continue despite losses

A hyperlocal title which vowed to keep publishing through the coronavirus crisis despite making a loss has celebrated its 15th anniversary.

The Mendip Times has marked the milestone by devoting 15 pages to community news, charities and the fight against the disease.

HTFP reported last month how the Times had vowed to keep going through the crisis despite having to furlough its sales staff.

Its anniversary splash, pictured below, featured a composite image showing previous front covers.

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The 64-page June issue was produced by owner Steve Egginton and his wife Annie, working remotely with designer Steve Henderson.

Steve said the issue had been supported by nearly half its normal advertisers and all of its regular contributors.

He said: “The one positive to come out of this dreadful pandemic is the tremendous sense of community spirit.

“As locals embedded in our community, Mendip Times is very much a part of that.

“The support we are getting from readers, advertisers and contributors is tremendous.”

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