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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.

Pay-out plea to new minister

The South Wales Argus greeted the Prime Minister’s enforced Cabinet reshuffle with a front page open letter to new energy minister Peter Hain. Neath MP Mr Hain now has the responsibility for overseeing the £1.5bn compensation scheme for ex-miners. The

Six hundred back theatre bid

A massive response to a newspaper plea to save Scunthorpe’s Jubilee Theatre has brought a bumper postbag of 600 protest letters and coupons. Readers are putting pen to paper in a bid to save part of the town’s history. The

Donations soar after blood plea

Blood banks in north-east Scotland have received a welcome top-up after a plea to readers of the Evening Express. The Aberdeen paper’s Life Blood campaign helped boost attendance figures for blood donations by 40 per cent in the first two

Cash goal for footy fans

Football fans could be the latest group of people to help score some cash for an appeal by the Paisley Daily Express. The Paisley Partnership has organised a special footballing event to raise money for the Laura’s Playpark Appeal to

Citizen crushes cars

Dozens of vehicles in Gloucestershire are to be towed away and crushed following a campaign backed by The Citizen. Operation Dodger – a joint council and police initiative – was launched to rid the city’s streets of abandoned, untaxed and

Safety message driven home

The success of a campaign to encourage children to wear cycle helmets has resulted in schools throughout a city running a pilot scheme to hammer the message home. Derby is one of three areas in Britain that will show the

WDP gains supportof 100 MPs

The Government is facing increasing pressure to bring in new laws to protect naval war graves after 100 MPs from all parties backed a Western Daily Press campaign to ban the plundering of wartime wrecks. The campaign has prompted a

Mega-victory in Micra fight

Tony Blair has paid tribute to two North East papers for their part in the fight to get Nissan to build the new Micra in Sunderland. The Prime Minister sent his personal congratulations to both the Sunderland Echo and the

Citizen in pub win

A winner has been announced in the Blackpool Citizen’s competition to name a new pub in St Annes. Readers were asked to nominate topical names for the new Wetherspoon’s free house which opens in February. Suggestions ranged from the ridiculous

Weighty campaign under way

A North East photographer is being hailed ‘king of the slimmers’ after losing ten pounds in weight in two weeks. Doug Moody under the spotlight as part of a heavyweight team from the Middlesborough Evening Gazette chosen to spearhead the

Drugs hotline gets results

Police have praised the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald for its campaign to rid the streets of drug dealers. The paper launched the Shop A Pusher scheme earlier this month in conjunction with the police. A special hotline was set up

Bury Times to protect town "institutions"

A double campaign has been launched by the Bury Times to protect two of the town’s most well-known institutions. Not only is the paper helping to raise £20,000 to keep Bury FC afloat but it has also stepped in to

Press recognition for environment groups

People working to preserve the environment in the North East are to be honoured by the local press. The Northern Echo is launching its Making a Difference award for the third year to reward any group or individual with a

Paper answers critics of hospital saga coverage

A weekly paper in the West Midlands has vowed to continue its coverage of a controversial hospital plan – despite accusations of biased reporting. The Kidderminster Shuttle has been running a campaign to save its local hospital after the health

Parliament to learn of Daily Press plea

A campaign to protect sunken warships from rogue divers is heading for the House of Commons. The Western Daily Press launched a move to Let Them Rest In Peace after reports that vessels lost in battle over the last 100

Evening News leads bid to 'bin the blades'

The Norwich Evening News is joining forces with the police to launch a knife amnesty in a bid to halt the rise in attacks on the streets. Knife owners in the area will be given the chance to Bin their