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Vote for your Front Page of the Year 2021

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

We have selected 12 of the most eye-catching splashes from 2021 for our annual contest and we want you to choose the winner.

The year saw the departure of two of the country’s most iconic figures – Prince Philip, who was at the Queen’s side for more than 70 years – and Captain Sir Tom Moore, who came to prominence by raising thousands of pounds for the NHS during 2020’s Covid-19 lockdowns.

Coverage of their deaths inevitably figure on our shortlist, with the Press and Journal and The Yorkshire Post receiving nominations.

The somewhat sombre note continues in some of our other shortlisted front pages, for instance Plymouth daily The Herald’s coverage of a shooting spree that left six people dead, including the gunman, and Wokingham Today’s dramatic image of a major fire in the town.

And there are front page tributes to tragic youngsters Jordan Banks – killed by lightning while at football training – and Star Hobson, murdered at just 16 months by her mother’s lover.

Campaigning front pages feature highly on our list, notably the ‘Trainspotting’ front published by a clutch of Reach plc-owned Northern dailies after the government axed the Eastern Leg of HS2.

And the Hull Daily Mail also makes the cut for its front page highlighting a spate of suicides on the Humber Bridge.

Football-related news also features strongly, with the Manchester Evening News highlighting United star Marcus Rashford’s battle against racist hate mobs in the wake of Euro 2020 and the Liverpool Echo’s coverage of the ‘European Super League’ fiasco.

Finally the Dundee Evening Telegraph provided two of the most striking front pages of the year, firstly with its coverage of a sex survey in Scottish schools and then with its ‘Fairytale of New York’ parody over Scottish government advice on Christmas parties.

Our poll is now open and will run until 9am on Tuesday 4 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.

‘Captain Sir Tom Moore’ – The Yorkshire Post

YP Captain Tom

‘Too Many Lives Lost’ – Hull Daily Mail

Hull Humber

‘Farewell to the Royal Rock’ – Press and Journal

Duke PJ

‘What would Shanks have said?’ – Liverpool Echo


‘Destroyed’- Wokingham Today


‘RIP Little Man’ – The Gazette, Blackpool

Blackpool Jordan

‘Love 10 Hate 0′ – Manchester Evening News

MEN Rashford

‘A Beacon of Light in the Darkness of Tragedy’ – The Herald, Plymouth

How The Herald paid tribute to the victims on Saturday

‘Trainspotting’ – Reach plc Northern dailies

How the design looks on The Journal's front page

‘Parental Advisory Explicit Content’ – Evening Telegraph, Dundee


‘Star Hobson’ – Telegraph and Argus, Bradford


‘And the bells are ringing out for Christmas delay’ – Evening Telegraph, Dundee


What was the best regional newspaper front page of 2021?

  • 'Trainspotting' - Reach plc Northern dailies (30%, 515 Votes)
  • 'A Beacon of Light in the Darkness of Tragedy' - The Herald, Plymouth (30%, 509 Votes)
  • 'Too Many Lives Lost' - Hull Daily Mail (29%, 492 Votes)
  • 'Star Hobson' - Telegraph and Argus, Bradford (28%, 481 Votes)
  • 'Destroyed'- Wokingham Today (20%, 331 Votes)
  • 'Captain Sir Tom Moore' - The Yorkshire Post (3%, 59 Votes)
  • 'Love 10 Hate 0' - Manchester Evening News (3%, 59 Votes)
  • 'Parental Advisory Explicit Content' - Evening Telegraph, Dundee (2%, 33 Votes)
  • 'RIP Little Man' - The Gazette, Blackpool (2%, 30 Votes)
  • 'And the bells are ringing out for Christmas delay' - Evening Telegraph, Dundee (2%, 27 Votes)
  • 'What would Shanks have said?' - Liverpool Echo (1%, 20 Votes)
  • 'Farewell to the Royal Rock' - Press and Journal (1%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,694

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