Readers stop by to tell us their views on The News

David Kett talking The News Editor Mark Waldron.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13930-2417)
David Kett talking The News Editor Mark Waldron.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13930-2417)
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SCORES of people stopped off at Fareham Shopping Centre say what they liked and disliked about The News.

Editor Mark Waldron was answering questions and speaking to readers about changes to The News.

Terry West, 21, from Fareham, came to the roadshow to tell The News about fundraising his boxing group are doing for a four-year-old girl with leukaemia.

He said: ‘I came down because I heard that Mark was here and I wanted to ask for The News’ support for a good cause.’

Several councillors stopped by to see the editor, including Cllr Katrina Trott who wanted to underline the importance of the paper’s coverage of the New Community North of Fareham.

She said: ‘I came to speak to Mark directly as I wanted to make sure The News will be following this story as it is important to the area.’

David Kett, 66, from Wallington, was representing the Fareham Macular Disease Support Group. He said: ‘I came along in support of the visually-impaired who are finding the new font on the TV guide and the blue boxes hard to read.’

Jean Chase-Long, 80, from Southsea, made a special visit to Fareham to see Mark.

She said: ‘I wanted to catch up with Mark about a story I have sent to him.

‘I’m an avid reader of The News and I have been reading it ever since I can remember.

‘I like to have my papers and read the news every night.’

Mark said: ‘Fareham is a very important part of our four districts and I always enjoy meeting our readers and hearing what they have to say, good or bad. It’s only by listening that we can improve.’

The recent price rise was also mentioned.

Mark advised readers with price worries to look into subscriptions, as with The News’ subscription service the paper costs as little as 45p and is delivered directly to the door.

To find out about how you could save up to 25 per cent on a News subscription, call 0844 292 0216 and press option 5. Alternatively, email

It’s not too late to speak to Mark as he will be visiting The News office in Gosport precinct today from midday until 2pm, and then Asda in Bedhampton tomorrow from midday until 2pm.

Mark will be giving out envelopes with every paper sold at the roadshow which contain prizes ranging from £5 notes to free adverts.