Dear Reader,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during these unprecedented times.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives: the way we live, our work, our leisure and family time.

It has also affected the way that we consume news, with many unable to leave home and collect daily essentials including their local newspaper.

The local news industry is under tremendous pressure; our advertising revenues have dried up as a result of local shops and businesses closing down in the lockdown, and fewer people are able to get to a local newsagent to buy a paper. So, your continued support in these difficult times is much appreciated.

For us to continue providing the best quality trusted local news and information – particularly during these hard times – we still need the funds to support our important journalism.

So, if you haven’t already done so, please support local, trusted journalism with either a home delivery local newspaper order or a digital subscription. There’s never been a more important time to do so.

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe and well.

Vanessa Sims, In Cumbria

How can you support us?

Your local newspaper, delivered

We are now offering the opportunity to have your local newspaper delivered safely to your door, so we can continue to provide you with the best possible trusted local news.

We’ll arrange for the paper to be delivered free of any charges for the next six weeks, and you may have an elderly relative, friend or neighbour that this could be ideal for too.

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