We’ve been having a party – to celebrate the successful launch of the new look Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
Many of you joined us on Tuesday at our office in The Crescent for free drinks and nibbles, discount subscriptions and the chance to win £500 in our draw.
The event was broadcast live by Tulip Radio and Radio Lincolnshire also dropped in to report on the changing face of the paper over more than 150 years.
Teenage reader Tamsin Houghton (19) called in to join the party – and walked away with the £500 prize.
She said: “I’ve read the Lincolnshire Free Press as long as I can remember and love the new look.”
The day marked a commitment from your local papers that bringing you the news in print is as important today as it ever was.
Editor Jeremy Ransome said: “I’m really pleased with the look of the new Free Press and the Guardian, and delighted with the positive reaction the Free Press received from readers on launch day.
“We’re only as good as our stories though, and we rely on the public to tell us their news so we can get it into print for them. So come on everyone out there, tell us your news!”
Richard Parkinson, managing director of Anglia Newspapers, said: “It’s great to see such a positive reaction from people in Spalding. While our website and social media play an increasingly important role in gathering and reporting news, these newspapers remain at the heart of the local community.
“This fresh new look for the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian is designed to ensure that our papers remain relevant and engaged with readers for years to come.”
Among the readers who joined the party was president of the Spalding Chamber of Commerce Phil Scarlet, who gave the new-look papers the thumbs-up.
He said: “We should be very proud that a town like Spalding still has two papers when cities like Lincoln can only sustain one. I believe these papers will continue to play an important part in the community.”