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Regional daily’s grave front page highlights tragic coronavirus milestone

A regional daily used a striking image of a graveyard to mark a tragic coronavirus milestone after deciding an image of Boris Johnson – who appeared on the cover of many national titles – would not be the “right choice” for the occasion.

The Western Daily Press splashed on the bird’s eye view image today after it was revealed yesterday evening that the UK had reached the sombre milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

The Bristol-based daily’s front page contrasted with that of several nationals, which opted for pictures of the Prime Minister on their covers.

WDP head of content Richard Bache explained the idea behind the front page, pictured below.

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Speaking to HTFP, Richard said: “Like many titles we wanted to record this tragic milestone with a sombre splash.

“We didn’t necessarily think photographs of the Prime Minister were the right choice for the front page on this day.

“Our excellent chief sub-editor Graham Holburn came up with the striking idea for the design.

“It has been well received by readers.”

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