After 30 years in biz a weekly paper ends print version

Weekly ceases printing after 30 years in business
by holdthefrontpage staff
A Cumbrian weekly paper has ceased publication of its printed edition a few months after celebrating its 30th anniversary. On 19 July 1979, the first edition of the Lakeland Echo hit the shops with a cover price of 6p. The final printed edition of the title was published at the end of last year but its companion website will continue featuring news from its north Lancashire and Lake District patch. No redundancies resulted from its closure as it was produced from the same office as sister titles The Visitor and Lancaster and Morecambe Reporter.
The Lakeland Echo was founded by journalist Andrew Wilson and its launch made national news headlines. Its name derived from a paper which existed in Ambleside at the turn of the last century called the 'English Lakes Echo'.
The payroll expanded and the title was converted in a freesheet with the Christmas edition in 1980 in order to generate more advertising revenue. Around 20,000 copies were distributed each week which kept the business running but in early 1982 it was sold to Morecambe Press Ltd and more recently was part of Johnston Press' Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers division.
In July 2004, a party was held to mark the Echo's 25th anniversary with former workers travelling from as far afield as Majorca to attend while a farewell bash was held in Bowness to mark the end of the paper's lifespan with ex-colleagues.

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