End of one era - start of a new

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TODAY is a historic day for the Northumberland Gazette.

This is the final broadsheet edition before our new compact format is launched next week.

The decision to move to a smaller size has not been taken lightly.

We have been asking readers what they wanted from their local newspaper since 2008.

There was an overwhelming response in favour of becoming a compact.

We might be saying goodbye to broadsheet but our commitment to you remains.

We have been bringing you the local news for more than 150 years and that dedication to quality and accuracy continues.

We hope you will join us in embracing all the changes the Gazette brings as we enter a new era for local journalism.

To celebrate the birth of the new-look Gazette, we’ve got some treats in store.

Next Thursday, take your copy of the first edition compact along to a stall which will be set up on Alnwick Market.

In return for a few contact details, we’ll give you a goodie bag, which includes a copy of a DVD, The Best of European Football, and snacks.