DEVOTED Eve White never goes a day without her beloved copy of The News.
When Mrs White, of North End, used to go on holiday to the Isle of Wight she was determined not to miss out on the latest gossip back home – so she would travel to Shanklin and pick up a newspaper.
Though the 90-year-old’s days of travelling are over, she still enjoys reading her local paper alone at home or over a cuppa with her close friend Jane Christie, 81.
The pair were just some of the few who stopped by and had a chat with The News about what they liked about the paper as we met readers at Tesco, in Crasswell Street, Landport, yesterday.
Mrs White said: ‘I’ve been reading The News since before the Second World War.
‘It’s just a part of who I am. I’m a local person and I want to read about local issues.
‘My holidays weren’t complete unless I had a copy of The News with me.
‘I don’t read any other newspapers because The News has everything I need.
‘Communities wouldn’t be the same without a local newspaper.
‘I especially like doing the crosswords. Jane and I enjoy tackling them over a cuppa.’
As part of Local Newspaper Week The News is manning stands at Tesco stores across the area and listening to people’s views about the paper and their community.
Tony Slater, 82, is a big fan of the letters pages.
‘Three years ago I had two major heart operations at Queen Alexandra Hospital,’ he said. ‘Afterwards I wrote a letter which thanked all the staff for their support and it got printed in The News. So I want to say a big thank you for that. The News is the most interesting newspaper I have ever read.’
Maddison Newnhan, 25, of Southsea, added: ‘I always enjoy flicking through the local paper. My dad Eddie Arnold, 48, regularly buys one.’