Community relishes new look for much-loved paper


PLANS to champion Langholm, Eskdale and Liddesdale and ask difficult questions of those in power were outlined at the E&L Advertiser's celebration party in the Buccleuch Centre.

Invitations were issued to supporters, contributors, groups and businesses to say thank you and encourage more people to get involved.

Leading the welcome and thanks was David Stevenson, chairman of the board of trustees of Muckle Toon Media Community Interest Company (MTM CIC).

Mr Stevenson thanked Ellen Grant of LEADER Dumfries & Galloway, whose funding made the project happen, along with individual donors and representatives of the local trusts, the individuals, whose strength of feeling helped save the paper and Miller Hogg, chief executive of CN Group, for his help and encouragement.

He also thanked everyone who wrote or emailed their support about the need for the E&L and everyone who offered to report, take photos or contribute. The paper would come to rely more on the community to contribute content.

He said: "We need to increase the content but not the staff budget. We also need to increase income from selling it and, most important of all, increase the take from advertising.

"MTM is a community-owned company and the assets belong to the community so the sale of the paper in the future is virtually impossible.

"If there are profits, they will be fed back into the community so the community benefits from it. We hope to break even in 18 months to two years."

David said the board had four members, the other three being Billy Young, John Hammond and Ron Addison. The company was advertising for three more members to join and if anyone was interested, they could contact himself or Mairi Telford Jammeh, project manager.

Hazel Bell, 76, of Eskdaill Street, Langholm, said: "I thought the new paper was very interesting and I liked the history of the paper and the new layout was good. Ideas for the future would be thinking of different ways for people to contribute. Also for the school to contribute on a regular basis and if there isn't any room in the paper for them to do their own supplement to go with it."

Stuart Murray, 22, of Townfoot, Langholm, said: "I like the new-look paper; there was something fresh and new about it."

Gavin Graham, 70, of Henry Street, Langholm, said: "I thought it was brilliant. It took me longer to read the paper than it ever has done before.

"I definitely noticed the difference. It had a better layout and some good articles. I like A Day in the Life of My Job which covered Caroline Jardine's job as branch manager at Henderson's Travel, Hawick. Ideas for the future would be to have the Langholm Walks featured in the paper on a regular basis."

Tricia Little, 49, of Buccleuch Terrace, said: "I liked the wrap-around cover; it was different. I thought there was more local stuff in it. I particularly liked the article on A Day in the Life of My job which featured Caroline Jardine."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10:51AM
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