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Weekly publishes final broadsheet edition after 200 years

A weekly newspaper has published its final broadsheet edition after more than 200 years as it prepares to relaunch in compact format tomorrow.

The Newsquest-owned Cumberland News, first published as the Carlisle Patriot in 3 June 1815,  is making the switch following a survey of readers.

The new-look News will feature 112 pages of news, sport, features and advertisers’ messages, while an increase in district news and local lifestyle content will also form part of the new offering.

In a message to readers, acting editor Joy Yates said the title’s “rich history will be retained as we continue to respect a title that is over 200-years-old”.

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Wrote Joy: “After more than 200 years, we have published the final broadsheet edition of The Cumberland News.

“Next week we will be proud to relaunch The Cumberland News as an easy-to-handle compact edition. We have reacted to the opinions of you, our readers, and remodelled the newspaper.

“But we will be preserving all the great traditional values of The Cumberland News – and we are delighted to be bringing you some exciting new content platforms.”

She added: “We would not have been able to achieve any of our successes without the support from you, our readers, and we hope you’ll continue your journey with us as we launch our new Cumberland News.”