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Vote for your favourite regional newspaper front page of 2020

It’s that time of the year again and our annual contest to find the best regional newspaper Front Page of the past 12 months is now under way.

Usually our shortlist contains a wide variety of the stories covered by regional newspapers in the course of a year – but this year, there has really only been one story in town this year – the Covid-19 pandemic.

That is inevitably reflected in our shortlist, with no fewer than six of the 12 contenders relating to coronavirus stories and issues.

Some, such as those from the South Wales Echo and Eastern Daily Press, focus on thanking key workers, while others, such as the Leicester Mercury’s, concern the impact of local lockdowns.

The Daily Post wins a nomination for its poster-style front-page after Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford was ‘banned’ from more than 100 pubs in response to his own ban on boozers opening.

And Teesside daily The Gazette called for ‘intensive care’ for its patch to help tackle the economic impact of the pandemic.

The Edinburgh Evening News earns two nominations – one for its coverage of the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival and another for its front page tribute to James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery.

Scotland is also represented in the shortlist by the Press and Journal’s coverage of the rail disaster in North East Scotland which left three dead, and a campaigning front page from pro-independence daily The National.

Other big issues which make the list include global warming – as covered by the Cambridge News with its ‘#Do1Thing’ campaign – and the Bristol Post’s coverage of the protests which led to the pulling down of a statue to slave owner Edward Colston.

And the ongoing travails of Newcastle United FC make our shortlist for the second year running, with the Chronicle’s coverage of the collapse of a Saudi-led bid to buy the club.

Our poll is now open and will run until 9am on Tuesday 5 January, with the winner to be announced on the site that morning.

Scroll down the page to view our full shortlist and to cast your vote. As usual you can vote for up to three front pages.

Cambridge 1

‘Do 1 Thing’ – Cambridge News

National McCrone

‘Scotland’s future was stolen by Westminster’ – The National

SWE collage

‘Thank You’ – South Wales Echo


EEN festival

‘We’ll be back right after the break’ – Edinburgh News 

EDP cartoon

‘We’re so proud of you’ – Eastern Daily Press


Middlesbrough intensive

‘Intensive Care’ -The Gazette

 Bristol Colston

‘Colston’s Fall’ – Bristol Post


Leic lockdown

‘Closed’ – Leicester Mercury


Chron Saudi

‘It’s Off’ – The Chronicle, Newcastle


Rail PJ
‘Three die in North-East rail tragedy’ – Press and Journal

EEN Connery

‘Farewell, Big Tam’ – Edinburgh News

Daily barred‘Barred’ – Daily Post

Now cast your vote here!

What was the best regional newspaper front page of 2020?

  • 'Scotland's future was stolen by Westminster' - The National (49%, 1,144 Votes)
  • 'Barred' - Daily Post (24%, 569 Votes)
  • 'We're so proud of you' - Eastern Daily Press (9%, 205 Votes)
  • 'Thank You' - South Wales Echo (6%, 145 Votes)
  • 'Three die in North-East rail tragedy' - Press and Journal (4%, 104 Votes)
  • 'Goodbye Mr Bond' - Edinburgh News (3%, 80 Votes)
  • 'Do 1 Thing' - Cambridge News (3%, 60 Votes)
  • 'We'll be back right after the break' - Edinburgh News (2%, 55 Votes)
  • 'It's Off' - The Chronicle, Newcastle (2%, 45 Votes)
  • 'Intensive Care' -The Gazette (2%, 38 Votes)
  • 'Colston's Fall' - Bristol Post (1%, 29 Votes)
  • 'Closed' - Leicester Mercury (1%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,342

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