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THIS year Melksham Independent News is proudly celebrating its 40th anniversary.
40 years for a local newspaper is something, we think, that’s worth celebrating, particularly a family-owned one.
The paper is one of only a handful of independent family-owned newspapers left in the country. And we couldn’t have done it without you – our readers; the local organisations and people who send us news and keep us informed of what’s happening in town; and the businesses who advertise with us and who have financed the paper for the past four decades; without their support, there would be no newspaper.
To you all, a massive thank you from us and all the team here at Melksham Independent News.
A giant thank you, too, for all our staff, both today and over the past 40 years, who have played a key role in bringing trustworthy local news to the community of Melksham. And to our deliverers who in rain and shine, deliver the paper to your door every fortnight. We could not do it without you; Melksham Independent News is very much a team effort.
The paper has come a long way since 1981. The early issues were written on the kitchen table at our home in Union Street, Melksham. Issue number one was just four pages and we printed 3,000 copies; as many as we could afford. Today, we have a team of 11 based in town centre offices in the Market Place and print 14,000 copies of a normally 32 page paper.
When we started the paper, people often said, “A newspaper for Melksham? Nothing goes on here.”
But nothing could be further from the truth. This is a fabulous, vibrant town with so much going on and it has been our privilege to report on it for the past 40 years.
Our daughter, Kate, and her partner, Joe, have joined the business so the paper is in good hands as we head into the next 40 years.
Publishing a local newspaper has never been tougher with the growth of news on the internet and the shift online of traditional print advertising. People are talking about the death of local newspapers but we think people still love a local newspaper coming through their door and we are planning on being around for a while yet.
Inside is a special 16-page pullout celebrating our first 40 years. Enjoy – and here’s to the next 40 years!