Gazette should watch B-word

JUST when I thought it was safe to start reading the Beadnell – sorry, Northumberland – Gazette after the ‘B-free’ January 12 edition, it was with total horror that I turned to page two of last week’s edition and realised nothing had changed.

Under the guise of a news story on a planning application for an underground building, the entire saga of the harbour development was rehashed for the 51st time in the last year.

Not content with that, 20 per cent of the letters on the letter page were devoted to one of the smaller villages on the coast of Northumberland (can you guess where) – a village where more than 50 per cent of the houses are unoccupied for large parts of the year.

So come on Gazette, just what is the editorial policy that demands such extended coverage of a village that is populated and/or visited by a tiny percentage of your readership?

Perhaps if a little less time was devoted to this small village, a bit more could be spent on proof reading your paper, so avoiding crosswords with last week’s clues and a Sudoku with the numbers filled in. Or this week’s deliberate mistake: 50 years ago in 1952.

When I was at school (many years ago but less than 50 according to the Gazette temporal measuring scale) the Gazette was held up by my English master as an example of how well a newspaper could be written compared to the ungrammatical, jargon-filled national press.

Oh how times change.

David Easton,

Hipsburn Crescent,


Editor’s comment: While every care is taken to ensure that the Gazette is error-free, we’re only human. Just a note, that the story was on page 3, not page 2 as you state. As for Beadnell’s continuing coverage, it is an important issue which has generated a lot of reader interest, hence the amount of letters which appear each week on this subject.