Magazine is the perfect way to relax at weekends

Kevin Bingham, chef/owner of Restaurant 27 in Southsea, preparing a dish of halibut.  Picture:Steve Reid

Kevin Bingham, chef/owner of Restaurant 27 in Southsea, preparing a dish of halibut. Picture:Steve Reid

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THE News is going to give you the opportunity to put your feet up and enjoy the best possible read of the weekend – with the launch of a new magazine.

From Saturday, October 13, we will be bumping up the paper every week with a 40-page Weekend magazine.

It will include:

n Food and drink – Kevin Bingham, chef patron of Restaurant 27 in Southsea, has been cooking since he was 16 and has a wealth of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants. Every week he will be sharing his recipe ideas.

Kevin will be joined by current News favourites – food critic Carol Godsmark and wine expert Alistair Gibson – who will be moving to the magazine from Thursday’s Taste page;

n Homes and gardens –featuring interiors expert Simone McKeon, who has been running The Interior Trading Co in Southsea with her business partner Jane Patterson since 1990. Simone knows all the latest trends and so will be providing expert advice on how to make the best of your home, and green-fingered Brian Kidd will continue to guide you round your garden;

n Wave 105 FM Breakfast DJ Steve Power will be moving off his music beat in The Guide to take a wider view of life in a weekly new column;

n An expanded nostalgia section will bring more tales of days gone by from our resident nostalgia buff Bob Hind;

n An extra page of puzzles will ensure you keep your brain working through Saturday and Sunday;

n Our talented team of photographers will showcase their skills by featuring a snapshot of life in our communities viewed through their lenses;

n There will be a full page on the latest High Street fashions;

n The magazine will also incorporate our current look ahead to the week’s TV highlights, including our seven-day listings guide.

It will be wrapped in the Weekend edition of the newspaper containing your usual mix of the best local news, sports and information.

The Weekend sees the return of a proper magazine to Saturday’s News since we stopped producing the Weekender. From the feedback we received at the time we realised this move was not popular.

So we have taken the decision to bring a quality magazine back to add value to your favourite local newspaper.

National newspapers have successfully carried wider lifestyle and entertainment content on a Saturday for some time. It is our intention to offer the same service – but, more importantly, with content that is more relevant to our loyal readers.

And, as the majority of national newspapers do, to help fund this we will be pricing Saturday’s News from October 13 differently from the rest of the week – at 75p.

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