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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.

Unwelcome souvenir hunters are condemned

War heroes fighting to protect the watery graves of their fallen colleagues have received the backing of the Western Daily Press. The Second World War veterans are furious that the wrecks of two ships off the coast of Malaysia have

New Year cheer for sports club appeal

An appeal to save a sports club where Jackie Charlton used to coach has reached the £1,000 mark. The Weston Lane Sports and Social Club in Otley was devastated by an arson attack in November. Thousands of pounds worth of

Free phone cards from Evening Post

Thousands of free phonecards were handed to revellers in the south west over Christmas and the New Year as part of the Bristol Evening Post’s ClubSafe campaign. A total of 10,000 cards are available and they all include five minutes

Protest march planned for Bakewell convict

A march to protest at Stephen Downing’s continued detention, after serving more than 10 years beyond his recommended prison tariff, is being planned for Bakewell on Saturday January 20. On the same day the Crown Prosecution Service must give its

Name and shame threat keeps drink-drivers off the roads

A drink-drive name and shame campaign is being praised for its part in keeping offenders of the roads around Bath during Christmas and New Year. Police say the fact people knew they would be named, and their photos put in

Loaded guns available:£25 a time

A newspaper campaign to stamp out gun violence on a city’s streets has been told criminals can hire out handguns loaded with two bullets for £25 a time. The revelation was made to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus by city

Paper rallies for child abuse victims

Children who have been sexually and physically abused in Leicestershire could soon have a less traumatic time – thanks to the Leicester Mercury. The newspaper is asking readers to donate money, toys, clothes and furniture for a new centre which

Success story countdown

The Hull Daily Mail has taken a look back at a roller-coaster six months for Molly-Ann after it helped find a donor for the young leukaemia sufferer – and raised £30,000 for charity. The paper launched its Gift of Life

Target reached for meningitis tot

The Mercury group’s Baby BJ appeal has smashed through its £12,000 target. The newspaper, which covers Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Streatham, launched the appeal to buy therapeutic equipment for a baby with meningitis. BJ – full name Brian James –

More drivers Staying Alive

A dramatic drop in road deaths in Lincolnshire is being seen as an indicator of the success of the Echo’s Staying Alive programme. The accident and fatality figures are the lowest for five years with deaths down to 68 from

Bank to double funds raised by Argus

The South Wales Argus has launched an appeal to raise extra cash for a local hospice which it helped to set up. Five years ago the paper donated a total of £250,000, including £100,000 from the Julian Hodge Bank, to

Have a Heart boosted by AM's support

Wales’s Tory leader Nick Bourne has vowed to do all he can to support the Carmarthen Journal’s £50,000 Have A Heart campaign. The Assembly Member, who is an active member of the British Heart Foundation, has pledged his full support

Panto stars help Sunshine Fund

Panto stars have lent their support to the Sunshine Fund – the Newcastle Evening Chronicle appeal which helps sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the North East. Families have been packing out the Tyne Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty, which

Daily Press delivers 'people's bank'

Post Office bosses have praised the Western Daily Press after it was announced that the Government had reached agreement with leading banks for a ‘people’s bank’. The scheme was suggested by the newspaper in February, as part of its popular

Victory in sight for seatbelt battlers

Concerned parents are closing in on victory in their battle for safer school transport – thanks to the Northern Echo. In October, the paper highlighted the lack of seatbelts on school buses in the North East. Hundreds of readers signed