THIS edition is special as it marks the second anniversary of the launch of the Stalybridge Correspondent.It is a measure of how well we have been received that this month’s paper is almost double the size of the first edition in October 2017.
As a free newspaper, that growth is down to the confidence advertisers have shown, which has enabled us to increase pagination.
The public has also embraced the newspaper and there has never been any problem filling news and sports content, which is largely down to you supplying stories.
The popularity of the paper has been such that the initial print run of 4,000 has increased to 6,500.
Given that data reveals an estimated 2.5 people read any newspaper, the Correspondent is seen by more than two thirds of the people in the town – a far wider reach than any other newspaper.
The Correspondent has received some lovely comments, and even a thank you card from one couple after they discovered the paper.
Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, has championed the newspaper.
He said: “Happy birthday Correspondent! You do a fantastic job at keeping people informed with truly local, interesting news stories.
“We are really lucky to have had a fresh, quality paper emerge at a time when real local news is disappearing from many areas.”
Liam Billington, Conservative councillor for Stalybridge South, added: “Your coverage on local news and events has kept us all informed and engaged with the area we live in.
“In those two years we have seen some big events happen, whether it was the moorland fires, the regeneration of our town or more recently, the demolition of Stamford Park conservatory. The Correspondent has always acted professionally and reflected the views of local people.
“For many years Tameside hasn’t had much in the way of holding those in power to account. I have found the Correspondent to be fair and impartial in its coverage.
“In an age of misinformation and fake news, a strong local press is needed more than ever.
“I wish you many more years of success and all the best in rolling out more editions across Tameside.”
During the last two years, the Correspondent has chronicled an eventful period in the town’s rich history.
We have not been afraid to tackle local issues, most recently Tameside Council’s intention to demolish the historic conservatory at Stamford Park which sparked outrage in the borough and wider afield.
Looking ahead, ambitious plans to regenerate Stalybridge under Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s Town Centre Challenge will be hugely important.
The Correspondent will continue to bring you all the news and sport from Stalybridge in what promises to be a massively important period in its history.