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CHANGES to The News haven’t stopped one subscriber reading it for the past 50 years – and she had nothing but praise at this year’s Readers’ Roadshow.

Margaret James, of Shadwell Road, North End, has been a subscriber of The News since the beginning of the 1960s.

(left) Mark Waldron and (right) Margaret James.  ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13911-854)

(left) Mark Waldron and (right) Margaret James. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13911-854)

The 69-year-old attended the Readers’ Roadshow yesterday, which gave readers the opportunity to express their views to the editor Mark Waldron.

He was in Cascades shopping centre in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

Margaret is a fond reader of The News and was happy to have the chance to speak to Mark.

She said: ‘I have the paper delivered every day and I love reading all the things that are happening in the city.

‘I don’t own a computer so the newspaper is the only access I have to The News and it covers things very well.

‘I enjoy the community pages like the Community View and the Love Your Local, which I like to read on the different days. There are a lot more pictures, too, which are great additions to the stories.

‘I admit getting used to the new layout was difficult because I had to work out where everything was again.

‘But I have no problems now.’

Margaret thinks the roadshow is a great way for the readers and people from the paper to meet.

She added: ‘This is a great way for our views to be heard and valued.

‘There will always be negative people who complain but I try to have a positive outlook.’

Mark said: ‘This is a massively important opportunity because The News is for our readers.

‘We need to make sure we are doing what they want us to do as we make decisions about the paper ourselves so we need to talk to our readers and find out what they want.

‘It is vital that we stay in touch with our readers as much as possible and get out of the office.

‘It’s just a fantastic opportunity to listen to what our readers say.’

Where to meet the editor

Mark will be at Fareham Shopping Centre, Thackeray Mall, today, at the Gosport News office, in High Street, tomorrow and will finish at Asda Havant Supercentre, Purbrook Way, Bedhampton, on Friday.

Mark will be available to talk between midday and 2pm.