The East London and West Essex Guardian – one of the UK’s top 20 selling weekly papers -has launched a new edition in Stratford, East London.
The Guardian already serves the neighbouring boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge and, according to publisher Richard Byham, the Stratford launch was a logical extension of its circulation area.
He said: “Stratford faces enormous growth over the next few years as part of the Thames Gateway and as the place where the major international rail terminal is to be situated.”
The Stratford Guardian’s first issue on 4 November led with a fire which killed a disabled pensioner. It also featured an interview with the family of a man beaten to death. But this was not necessarily the sort of news that editor Pat Stannard was hoping for.
She said: “Stratford is an inner city area with all its attendant problems but it is a community with an enormous heart and we will be reporting on that. We will look for the positive among any bad news and plan to give the Stratford Guardian a strong community feel.”
The first issue ran to 152 pages.