Why do you think local newspapers are important?

Attached pic shows Alan trying to read the Gazette on a windy corner by the Embankment with the Houses of Parliament in the background.
Attached pic shows Alan trying to read the Gazette on a windy corner by the Embankment with the Houses of Parliament in the background.

We asked some of those we deal with on a regular basis wha they think:

Sir Alan Beith, Lib Dem MP for north Northumberland, said: “In the world of local papers, editors and reporters are members of our local community, living alongside the people about whom they write.

“They know the people who appear in the papers they produce and understand local needs and desires. It’s no wonder that local papers are trusted by their readers and generally held in much higher regard than their national counterparts.

“I know how much people rely on the Northumberland Gazette to keep them informed about what matters in and around Alnwick and I hope that the Northumberland Gazette will have a long and successful future.”

Lotty Thompson, an English and media teacher at the Duchess’s Community High School, said: “Local newspapers are so important. They are often the first port of call for people wanting to find out information which directly affects them.

“I think newspapers like the Northumberland Gazette provide a lifeline to so many people .

“Local newspapers can help provide an area, often neglected by national and even regional press, a strong sense of identity and belonging.

“Even more so when local newspapers help with various events such as the Jam Jar Army.

“Speaking from a media teacher’s point of view, the Gazette has worked hard with many students over the years, developing skills through work experience, and offering many opportunities.

“They help inspire them to be the journalists of the future. and help the schools in publishing their own newspapers twice a year, giving young people a much-needed voice.”

On Twitter, Alnwick Food Fest said: “@alnwickgazette is the beating heart of the community and without it the town and its catchment areas would flatline.”