Local news just got more local!

Countdown to the new look Gazette and (below) a prototype version of The Gazette's all-new community news section FYi ' which will feature every Monday.

Countdown to the new look Gazette and (below) a prototype version of The Gazette's all-new community news section FYi ' which will feature every Monday.

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FOR 140 years The Gazette has prided itself on being Blackpool and the Fylde coast’s true local newspaper.

From major events to life-changing moments we have been there to report the news of the day.

A prototype version of The Gazette's all-new community news section FYi ' which will feature every Monday.

A prototype version of The Gazette's all-new community news section FYi ' which will feature every Monday.

As revealed earlier this week, The Gazette enters a new chapter of its long and proud history on Monday, April 8.

Keeping all your much-loved sections, but enhancing them with a bold new design, we aim to remain the number one place Fylde coast residents to turn for local news and views.

Added to that we have several new editorial platforms within the newspaper.

One of The Gazette’s strengths since its launch as a weekly newspaper on April 3, 1873, and again when the daily version hit the newstands in 1929, is its coverage of local news – the things that matter to you and impact on your communities.

So from the very first day of your new-look Gazette comes a new eight-page ultra-local community news pull-out.

Named FYi – a combo of the unmistakable postcode of the Fylde coast and the common abbreviation of ‘for your information’ – it will cover everything that is wonderful about this unique part of the world.

Acting as an in-print version of a community noticeboard it will keep you up-to-date with what is going on in your area as well as allowing readers to turn writers and explain the many great things about their town or village.

We will also feature local independent traders – again nominated by readers – who show how they are beating the recession by offering good products and fantastic customer service.

There will be a platform to highlight the tireless work community groups do across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre while also featuring those readers who go the extra mile for charity.

One of the most exciting things about FYi is the fact it is written by both Gazette journalists and local correspondents – members of the public.

Many years ago The Gazette had an army of community correspondents who kept readers abreast with what was going on in their areas. We have brought the idea back to life.

Two weeks ago a number of amateur writers met at The Gazette’s offices. The ideas and enthusiasm was fantastic to see.

The Gazette will continue to bring first rate news coverage, investigations and campaigns.

Through FYi, and the rest of the new-look newspaper, we feel sure we will not only bring you even more local news and views, but be totally interactive.

If you want to be a community correspondent send an email to heather.butler@jpress.co.uk

Also drop Heather a line if you think we should focus on a particular area or local business.

And remember your new-look Gazette hits the news stands on Monday, April 8.

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