The future of a family-owned newspaper series has been secured after a deal involving regional press owners.
The A&T title has been owned by the Curry family since 1930, but current managing director Eddie Curry says a sale had been under consideration “for some time”.
Eddie has served as MD of A&T since 2012, having succeeded his father Charles.
Charles, who died last year aged 98, had edited the paper from 1966 until his retirement eight years ago, having first joined as a 16-year-old reporter in 1936.
Eddie, pictured, said: “For a quite some time we have been considering what was the best for the staff and the title in the long term.
“I am delighted that we can pass it over to Iliffe and the Fowlers, who I genuinely believe will give both the staff and the A&T the best opportunity for continuing to prosper in the future.
“I would like to thank the staff who have worked so loyally to produce the second-best weekly newspaper in the country – second only to Iliffe’s Cambridge Independent in the national News Awards.”
James Gurney, managing director of Iliffe Media Group (Central Division), will oversee the New Milton publishing division.
“They are both wonderfully traditional newspapers that will fit well into the portfolio of titles published by Iliffe Media.”