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Readers chat with editor Andy Murrill

Newbury Weekly News chief Andy Murrill set up stall in Northbrook Street on Friday for a four-hour ‘meet the editor’ session.

He chatted to a constant queue of readers in glorious sunshine in the event which encouraged people to express their views on the newspaper and local issues.

Mr Murrill said: “As it was the first ‘meet the editor’ we had done I did not know what the response would be but I was delighted to chat to readers for the full four hours.

“And their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“Some gave constructive criticism around subjects such as grammar and syntax, proving we have a very intelligent readership.

“Overwhelmingly, though, people said they simply love the Newbury Weekly News, describing it as their local Bible.

“It’s extremely heartening to talk to so many people who hold their family-owned local newspaper in such high regard.

“There was particular praise for our news, entertainment, sport and letters pages, as well as our continuing coverage of the centenary of the First World War.

“We will certainly be doing more ‘meet the editor’ sessions, in different places across West Berkshire, to get a full range of readers’ opinions.

“This paper has been serving the people of West Berkshire for nearly 150 years and if we keep talking to our readers, and keep listening to them, we can continue to be successful for many years to come.”

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