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Trapeze-y does it

When Bristol Observer reporter Sharon Kelly was asked to try out a flying trapeze for a feature in the newspaper, memories of how she once dreamt of joining the circus came flooding back. Sharon leapt at the chance to join

New challenge for O'Reilly

Peter O’Reilly has been appointed editor of the Bristol Observer. He succeeds Simon Harding who is due to take up the post of executive production editor (features) at the Western Daily Press next month. Previously associate editor of the Western

60 years of wedded bliss for former editor

Former Bristol Observer Series editor Norman Walters and his wife Janet are celebrating 60 years of marriage. To mark the occasion the couple enjoyed a special lunch at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s president suite with family and friends. The couple

News in brief

Bristol Observer reporter Sharon Kelly has written a first-person piece for the paper, explaining her feelings since her 20-year-old brother Lee traveled to southern Iraq with 42 Commando Royal Marines.“Every time a newsflash appears telling of soldiers killed or injured

Maija's ticket to ride

Bristol Observer deputy editor Maija Pykett swapped the newsroom for a racing track when she went rally driving at Brean Leisure Park. For a reporter who knows nothing about rally cars and is renowned by her family for fear of

Back in the driving seat

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all fall into bad driving habits. So seven years after passing her driving test, would Bristol Observer reporter Sharon Kelly still pass with flying colours? She took a mock test to

Editor signs off after 17 years

Pat Randall has officially left the Bristol Observer after 17 years as editor. He was taken ill in January and had been doing much of his work from home before deciding to retire. Pat joined the paper in 1985 from

New editor with ambitious plans

A new editor of the Bristol Observer series of newspapers has been announced following the retirement of Patrick Randall. Simon Harding has taken up the post after 19 years with the company. Simon, (42), joined the Bristol Observer series in

News in brief

A special motion was passed in the Scottish Parliament about the Evening Express campaign to Ditch the Dirt and make dog owners clean up after their pets.North East MSP Brian Adam said it showed the Aberdeen paper was in touch

From beer to eternity

Two Bristol reporters were forced to hide their smiles after being sent on a beer-guzzling assignment by the newsdesk. Simon Harding and Phillipa Glover, who work for the Bristol Observer, were invited to the Bristol Beer Festival to take part

Budget first for Hastings trainees

SEVEN trainee journalists from The Editorial Centre, Hastings, did their papers proud when they covered yesterday’s Budget live on a website. It was a first for the centre which has previously put trainees through their paces by producing written copy

Daily trauma in Bristol

Bristol Observer reporter Jayne Taylor suffers a daily trauma – and that’s before she gets to work… Read on to find out how she copes with the local public transport Page 1 of 2 ARGH! I might be in the

Weekly shows its support for school finance bid

A campaign by the Bristol Observer, which calls for a new secondary school in Bradley Stoke, has gone to the heart of Government. The newspaper has been supporting South Gloucestershire Council’s controversial private finance initiative bid, and invited readers to

Secondary school finance bid from weekly

A newspaper is backing a bid to secure a new secondary school to serve a massive housing estate in Bristol. It has printed a cut-out form for readers to sign and send to education minister Charles Clarke to back the

Base sale growth main feature in latest ABCs

Latest circulation figures show that almost all regional newspapers are “actively purchased”, with figures no longer taking into account bulk drops and free copies. The Audit Bureau Circulations data for January to June this year shows that 80 per cent

Contenders line up as judges make their choices

The finalists for the Newspaper Society Weekly Newspaper Awards 2004 are: Editorial categories Aberdeen IndependentBangor & Anglesey MailBirkenhead NewsBristol ObserverCornish GuardianDunfermline PressEdgware & Mill Hill TimesEssex ChronicleHinckley TimesHunts PostIsle of Man CourierKent on SundayKentish Express (Ashford)Kentish Gazette (Canterbury)Manchester Metro NewsNorth