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Longest-serving editor prepares to step down

Malcolm Richards, thought to be the longest serving regional newspaper editor in England, is preparing to retire. He has spent the past 27 years in the editor’s chair at the Richmond & Twickenham Times. Malcolm, (65), is a member of

Newspaper makeover follows circulation boost

The paid-for Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News – produced by Newsquest (Somerset) – has been given a complete makeover. The new-look publication is now out every Thursday – a day earlier than previously. Readers saw their first of the new

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More than £115,000 has been raised by the South Wales Evening Post and Port Talbot Courier’s Steel Blast Appeal following last year’s Corus explosion in Port Talbot.The appeal has already paid out £87,000 to the families and survivors and the

Memorial projects funded by Mercury appeal

A range of projects will get underway in Bridgwater in memory of three blaze victims thanks to the Bridgwater Mercury’s Lily’s Fund appeal. A children’s play area, youth centre music facilities, benches, and a memorial fishing cup will all now

Tamsin on top of Somerset's news

Tamsin Jones has been appointed as news editor at Newsquest’s Taunton centre. In her new role, Tamsin will be responsible for the editorial content of the Somerset County Gazette and its sister free paper, The Star, which covers Taunton and

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Generous fund-raisers are continuing to back efforts to boost the Bridgwater Mercury’s Lily’s Fund appeal.The fund, set up to ensure the three victims of a tragic fire are not forgotten, has been steadily growing.Lily’s Fund total now stands at £2,140,

Weekly leads community after arson deaths

The Bridgwater Mercury has launched an appeal fund in memory of three young people killed in an arson attack in the town. Lily’s Fund has been set up in the name of one of the victims, eight-year-old Lily Almond-Burchell, to

News editor's community role is recognised

A Somerset news editor has been rewarded for her work in the community. Tamsin Jones, who works for the Bridgwater Mercury, has received a Millennium medal and certificate from local dignitaries for helping to organise the town’s 800th anniversary celebrations.

Readers' views are sought

Readers of Taunton-based Newsquest titles are being surveyed on a number of topical issues. The Bridgwater Mercury is asking readers to vote on whether a 40ft willow sculpture alongside the M5 motorway – recently destroyed by arsonists – should be

New season, new lookfor the Mercury

The Bridgwater Mercury has been given a new look for spring. The paper has launched the improvements under the slogan Get the message the Mercury is now offering more pages, more local news, more leisure and sport – and, from

Mercury plea finds trio- fast!

An appeal to find three people who helped open the town’s multi-millionswimming complex ten years ago came up trumps within hours of being published in the Bridgwater Mercury. Leisure boss Gary Evans turned to the Mercury for help in tracking

Tamsin gets Government praise for her work

Education Secretary David Blunkett has given Bridgwater Mercury news editorTamsin Jones a glowing report. The Secretary of State for Education and Employment praised Tamsin forher work to support the Bridgwater Education Achievement Zone and said herefforts – with the Mercury’s

Anne remembers her roots

Page 1 of 2 TV-am pioneer Anne Diamond has been remembering her days in the regionalpress after the Bournemouth Echo managed to track her down. In an interview with features writer Faith Eckersall, she looked backfondly on her hectic days

Special edition to mark first anniversary of tragedy

The Bridgwater Mercury has produced a special edition to mark the first anniversary of a tragic fire, which claimed the lives of three young people. After the blaze, which took place in Friarn Street last February, the Mercury launched Lily’s