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Wellington & Telford The Wrekin’s Brightest Newspaper!


Wellington News is broadening its remit to its readers. We


already produce over 30,000


newspapers each month, the great majority of which are delivered door to door by our own dedicated delivery network. But we are expanding our distribution network further to take account of the growing amount of families living within the Telford conurbation.


Our expansion plans


don’t stop there because we now have Simon Gaston on board. Simon joined in January in the role of sales manager. It is his job to boost advertisement sales in Wellington News and he has already made a big impact with our advertisers. He has been visiting many of them to demonstrate who the district’s favourite newspaper can help local


businesses. Wellington News


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a great following across Telford and we receive messages of support from within Telford and across a great area outside Telford. In our last issue we had a letter from Sydney in Aus- tralia, one from Leicester and another from Bourne- mouth – this demonstrates the ever-lasting popularity of Wellington News.


We are genuinely inter- ested in promoting Welling- ton and the wider centres of Telford. In our last issue we highlighted the recently published Portas report on Britain’s High Streets and drew comparisons with Wellington. We focussed on three new retail outlets in the town from the one- man business to the high- ly-successful Wetherspoon chain who have recently opened up in Wellington. Whilst on the subject of public houses, the Raven will be making a welcome return to Wellington, having been re-furbished and re- named under its traditional name. The White Lion, one of Wellington’s oldest build- ings, has also gone through an ownership change and a refurbishing – further dem- onstration that traders have confidence in Wellington. The old Dorothy Perkins


shop frontage, one of the biggest in the town, has now opened as the very successful Monster Beds – further evidence that Wel- lington has a future. We are on the cusp of seeing the opening of the new civic centre develop- ment. £10.5 million state- of-the-art building which as well as being Welling- ton’s new library, will also


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Things you should know about the News


l We published our first issue in September 1999 l Over 780,000 words of reader’s letters since then l We have received letters from all five continents l George Evans has contributed to every issue l We campaigned successfully against parking charges l We campaigned for the restoration of the Millennium Clock


l We campaigned for our Princes Royal Hospital services l We cover all local issues that affect our area


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be providing 200 jobs for the town. This should im- prove the footfall for traders and what a joy to have our district council and local council handing over a new library for the town at a time when most borough coun- cils are closing old libraries! Wellington has always


been a great place to live and bring up young fami- lies but with the new civic buildings, new library and re-furbished leisure facili- ties and swimming pool it is fast becoming the town of choice for young families. Wellington News has been there through all these developments. We first published in 1998 and as well as being famous for our 6,000 words of reader’s letters in every issue and the almost non-exhaustible supply of articles from George Evans, we have also (only when we feel necessary) got involved in local campaigns. We successfully fought the district labour-run councillors who shamefully voted in parking charges for Wellington and New- port. The labour leader re- signed over the issue. More recently we reflected the disappointment of Welling- ton people who were an- noyed at the dismantling of


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the Millennium Clock. The clock was paid for by pub- lic conscription and taken down against the wishes of the public. It is now back in the square as a symbol of the people of Wellington who fought for its return.


Wellington News is still as popular as it always was. It has played a big part in the life of Wellington and we want it to continue to be the popular choice of both advertisers and readers.


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