A new era for the Norwich Evening News: What they say...

PUBLISHED: 11:17 23 February 2011 | UPDATED: 11:23 23 February 2011

Paul Sanford, district superintendent for Norwich, Norfolk police, said: “As a community newspaper, the Evening News provides two essential functions for local policing.

“The paper firstly allows us to communicate with the public through updating them on police activity and investigations.

“Secondly, the Evening News helps us to better understand local issues and as a consequence improve our response.

“Local newspapers and the police should both work hard for their communities and represent the interests of the local communities they serve.”

Jeremy Goss former Norwich City midfielder who now works at the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) as events fundraiser, said; “The Evening News is a pillar of the Norwich community and acts as a voice for the residents of Norwich.

“It has always been one of the best and biggest providers of local Norwich community news and I hope it will remain so. There is now an excellent website for breaking news too.

“I am really appreciative of the support and coverage the Evening News has given me in bringing coverage to my Back to Bayern challenge raising money for NNAB.”

Phil Cutter, landlord at the Murderers pub in Timberhill, said: “I look forward to our morning delivery of the paper.

“It reflects the city, and updates me with what’s going on within the city. ‘Going Out’ on a Friday is a must for everyone for their weekend’s entertainment.”

Steve Morphew, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “The Evening News is exactly what a local paper should be – packed with local news for local people.

“In these days of information overload it is sometimes easier to find out what is going on in China than the other side of your own city. I want my Evening News to keep me in touch with what my neighbours and my city are up to and how the place feels.”

He added: “The Evening News feels like the voice of the city being channelled through the paper, not simply news being reported by journalists.

“I never close the paper without knowing more about Norwich and if there is a breaking local story I always go to the Evening News website first.”

Norwich pub historian Derek McDonald said: “I like it because it’s local. The letters page is good and I also like the sports coverage. The paper is also good for pubs coverage. That’s the sort of thing I like – all stories about the local community.”

Ian Mackie, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “The Evening News is as big a part of Norwich as the football club. It has stood up for people in Norwich for many years. I think it is a very accessible read. You can not only read about local politics and other local news but there are stories about Norwich people. It is an integral part of Norwich.”

Simon Wright, Liberal Democrat MP for Norwich South, said: “The Evening News has an important role to play in promoting the civic, political and cultural life of the city.

“I feel that local news has a terribly important part to play in the political process and it’s fantastic that a city such as Norwich has a daily paper that brings all the news and current affairs to the people in the city.”

Chris Higgins, landlord of the Trafford Arms in Grove Road, said: “I think the Evening News is brilliant in terms of its community focus - it’s a good voice for the community as a whole.”

Bert Bremner, Labour city and county councillor, said: “The Evening News is great for local affairs. If you want to know what’s going on in Norwich, you’ve got to read the Evening News.”

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