A week on Monday a new chapter starts in the proud 140 year history of The Gazette.
And there is a very special friend making a welcome return.
Almost 20 years ago The Tower disappeared from the masthead of the Fylde coast’s favourite newspaper.
But it is set for a long-overdue return as part of a new-look Gazette which will be launched on Monday, April 8.
Featuring a bold, fresh design, new content and many new reasons to read, The Gazette will continue to bring you the best in local news as well as campaigning for our communities.
The Gazette began as a weekly newspaper on April 3, 1873, becoming a daily in 1929.
It has been through many makeovers in that time, but has held true to its original philosophy – reporting truthfully local news and events.
So, what will your new Gazette bring you?
• A new newspaper for 2013.
• A bold, modern design.
• One which carries even more news, sport and features for our print and online audience.
• Crucially, it includes MORE local content.
• We have a number of new editorial platforms from community news to sport, schools news, new columnists to entertainment. and lifestyle supplements.
• We will also be delving into The Gazette’s archives to bring you a nostalgia-packed 12 months as we celebrate our 140th birthday.
Gazette Editor Jon Rhodes said: “For the past 140 years The Gazette has been at the forefront of bringing local news to the Fylde coast.
“We are very excited to bring a new-look Gazette and, from April 8, giving our readers many more reasons to enjoy their local newspaper.
“To mark this we thought it fitting to return The Tower to our masthead.
“Many readers have asked for it to return, so we are delighted to oblige.
“We are proud to be Blackpool and the Fylde coast’s daily newspaper and what prouder symbol of this area is there than The Tower?
“Together with a new website, our recently launched iPad app and greater coverage of all that is great about the Fylde coast, 2013 is going to be an exciting year for The Gazette.”
Throughout the next fortnight we will detail our new features and explain how you can get involved.
We also want to hear your views on what you would like to see in your local newspaper.