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Every day regional newspapers up and down the land go into battle on behalf of their readers. On this page you will find an archive of the hundreds of stories which HoldtheFrontPage has carried about newspapers fighting for their communities.

Paper prompts new bid to lure back passengers

An Exeter Express and Echo campaign to get First Great Western to improve its service has been boosted by news of a new flat fare. The rail operator had planned only to offer a free cup of tea or coffee

Tony supports Bournemouth

The Daily Echo has received the Prime Minister’s seal of approval in its bid to rid the streets of abandoned cars. Tony Blair backed the campaign on the same day he announced new measures to give the authorities greater powers

Sick toddler set to fly

One of the most successful appeals by the Wiltshire Times has raised £6,500 after only nine weeks. The story of three-year-old Zara Fox touched the hearts of people fromacross west Wiltshire and Zara’s family are overwhelmed by the responseto the

Big step forward to curenoisy road

Misery caused by a noisy Exeter road could be coming to an end – thanks to a local newspaper. The Exeter Express and Echo has called for a stretch of the A30 to be resurfaced after readers complained that noise

Government cash backsYEP plea

Victims of crime are set to be better informed thanks to Home Office moves which back a Yorkshire Evening Post campaign. Government cash will be set aside to ensure prosecution solicitors keep the victims of crime, and their families, better

Close call on phone plan

Residents in Derby have praised the local paper for helping to stop a mobile phone mast being put up near a secondary school. The Derby Telegraph pleas for help from residents after they heard about the planned location of a

Blair backs Gazette push

A newspaper campaign to rid a town’s streets of dumped cars has received a boost in an unexpected phone call – from the Prime Minister. Tony Blair rang the Colchester Evening Gazette and said: “Well done on your campaign. I

Sucess in Fight for Sight

The Evening Press at York was today celebrating another campaign victory after a £16m tonic was announced for York District Hospital. A proposed huge expansion for the hospital will include a eye unit and the news will mean a dramatic

An £8,000 close shave

TV presenter Noel Edmonds has finally had a close shave on live TV – thanks to the readers of a Devon newspaper. The former host of Telly Addicts volunteered to have his beard cut off if readers of the Western

Huge leaflet drop strengthens Post campaign

A Nottingham Evening Post campaign has been boosted in its attempts to cut the number of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning – by a leaflet drive from British Gas. The company has produced 3m leaflets to be distributed in GPs’

Nine-page special says"We're open!"

National Assembly deputy leader Mike German made a flying visit of West Wales tourist attractions – and gave a pat on the back to the South Wales Guardian’s We’re Open campaign. The Ammanford-based weekly ran a nine-page special edition days

Protesters on easy street

The Plymouth-based regional Sunday Independent is celebrating with residents of a Cornish village after a successful campaign to get a bypass for the gridlocked community. For 50 years, the inhabitants of Dobwalls on the busy A38 holiday trunk roadroute have

Parents unite in support of Advertiser campaign

Parents have united to support the Walsall Advertiser’s campaign to open a 24-hour drugs crisis centre in the town. Hundreds of people have visited the paper’s offices on Bradford Street to sign a petition in support of the plan. Advertiser

A tale of two cities

Survivors of the Gujarat earthquake may soon be living in Southampton if the Daily Echo gets its way – Southampton in India, that is. The newspaper has teamed up with a local temple to raise money to for the victims

Fresh rush for tokens

Kids groups in Aberdeen are competing for big money as the third year of the Aberdeen Evening Express Kids 2000 appeal gets underway. The campaign, now in its third year, raises money for schemes which will benefit youngsters in the

Westcountry appeal tops£1m mark

The Western Morning News is celebrating after its campaign to aid West Country farmers passed yet another landmark – smashing £1m barrier. The Green Wellie campaign has generated the biggest sum of money raised by any regional newspaper appeal. The