A number of Trinity Mirror paid-for regional weekly newspapers saw their circulation fall by more than 20 per cent year-on-year, new ABC figures show. The worst performing was weekly the East Grinstead Courier, which saw sales drop by 60 per cent to 1,350 for the six months to the end of December 2017. Sales of Newsquest’s Wanstead & Woodford Guardian were down 54 per cent year-on-year to 1,405 copies per week. Trinity Mirror’s two Gloucestershire titles recorded double-digit circulation rises to nearly 10,000 copies each after moving to a weekly publishing frequency in October last year.The Gloucestershire Echo was up 18 per cent year-on-year and the Gloucester Citizen was up 10 per cent year-on-year Independent News and Media’s fortnightly Sunday Life newspaper, which is sister title to the Belfast Telegraph, had the highest circulation across the non-daily news sector at 32,892, down 10 per cent year-on-year.Weeklies the Isle of Wight County Press and the Kent … [Read more...] about Regional non-daily paid-for ABCs: Trinity Mirror sees number of paid-for weeklies drop sales by 20 per cent or more
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Storm Emma has seen the biggest snowfall in Somerset in recent memory but how does it compare with the famous blizzard of 1978. We've had a delve in Somerset County Gazette archive and dug out the February 17 and 24 edition of the paper from back in 1978. Do you remember this storm hitting Somerset? What are your memories of it? Email [email protected] Here is an excerpt from the Friday, February 17 front page article. "The blizzards that have hit Somerset this week brought up to nine inches of snow - the heaviest fall since the winter of 1962-63. "Conditions on Wednesday night caused chaos on the roads and dozens of motorists were forced to abandon their cars. "Three people were badly hurt when thier car left the motorway near Wellington, went over an embankment and plunged 15 feet into a rhine below. "Wellington and Taunton fireman made a hazardous journey to the scene to rescue the occupants of the car which was upside down in the rhine." The article says … [Read more...] about How does Storm Emma compare to the blizzard of 1978?
IN Batman Begins, Christian Bale, who stars as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman, states in one part of the film to Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes), “It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me.” The part of the sentence linking what he does defining him is true of comedian Jenny Eclair. It is not often you are going to get Christian Bale, Batman and Jenny Eclair in the same sentence. But Jenny Eclair came up with her own Batman moment when I asked her this question: How do you view being a comedian? Is it hard work? A job? Just an act? Or a way of defining who you are as a person? She replied saying: “Comedy is who I am and what I do.” It has, as you will discover, been her life since she was four-yearsold, when she knew for the first time she had ‘funny bones’. The term ‘funny bones’ relates to the fact some people are funnier than others, and many comics feel they have ‘funny bones’ … [Read more...] about BIG INTERVIEW: Jenny Eclair talks to the County Gazette before bringing Grumpy Old Women to Somerset
LITTLE Jimmy Osmond holds two world records. One official the other ‘unofficial’. The first is a bona fide Guinness World Record for being the youngest male singer to have a number one single. He achieved this fete in 1972 when his solo hit Long Haired Lover from Liverpool hit the top spot. The second was while he was still ‘Little’ Jimmy Osmond and he became the youngster ever Elvis impersonator. This happened while he was working in Las Vegas at the international Hotel which became the Hilton Hotel. Taking up the tale, Jimmy said: “I was working with Nancy Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra) and would sing Frank’s song That’s Life. “He even lent me his hat while I was singing. At the time someone thought it would be a good idea for me to get a jump suit like Elvis and impersonate him on stage. Well I thought if I was doing this I should act like a King. Before going on stage in my room I ordered room service and ate like a … [Read more...] about BIG INTERVIEW: Jimmy Osmond speaks to the County Gazette as his Moon River Journey is coming to Somerset
YOUR County Gazette is always at the heart of the community - and has handed out more than £11,000 to good causes recently. Through the Gannett Foundation, a charitable grants scheme run by the parent company of Newsquest, which publishes the County Gazette, Bridgwater Mercury, Chard and Ilminster news and the Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News, the paper has been able to hand over the cash to two Somerset charities. A cheque for £10,000 was handed to the Dowlish Wake Playing Field Trust, which saw them over the line in their bid to raise £165,000 to rebuild a pavilion destroyed in an arson attack in October 2016. Trust chairman Mike Lane said: “This has turned out to be a £165,000 project and the £10,000 from the Gannett Foundation will complete the final amount we needed.” Report Oliver Palmen, right, presents a cheque for £10,000 to Mike Lane, chairman of the Dowlish Wake Playing Field Trust Meanwhile, in Taunton, more than … [Read more...] about County Gazette gives more than £11,000 to Somerset charities