Exciting new tabloid set to hit Tameside streets
With the loss of the Tameside Advertiser and its transformation into the Manchester Weekly News, this leaves one locally produced title in the borough. One which some critics believe haven’t changed for the better in spite of its survival.
Set to fill the void is Tameside’s newest title, the Tameside Crucible. The new title will be published in Stalybridge. In the long term, it aims to take over a former steelworks on Robinson Street and renovate the premises. Part of the long term plans include a three storey office block, a bar/restaurant, and a visitor centre, celebrating the building’s previous use as the Globe Iron Works.
Its launch editor Gordon Summers stated, “The Tameside Crucible aims to forge a real relationship with its readers. With the borough deprived of a truly independent local voice, we aim to steal a march on the competition.
“Advertisers have been queuing outside our office in the former Pineapple pub. They welcome the competition and our agreeable advertising rates.
“We firmly believe in employing the most incisive columnists and the best of local talent. We are 100% behind the borough. Me and my editorial team cannot wait till our first edition goes to press.”
In its first edition, its readers will experience the writings of:
- Irene Woodcock, and her lively observations of the Tameside area from Quickedge to Gee Cross;
- Curmudgeon, outspoken columnist, sometimes near the knuckle and incisive;
- Martin Filson, our man on the terraces and lead correspondent on Stalybridge Celtic’s fixtures.
Plus of course there will be all the usual features which every local newspaper needs. These include a children’s section, court reports and a letters page.
The first edition of the Tameside Crucible is set to reach newsagents and supermarkets this Thursday priced 70p. To celebrate its launch, all branches of Raja Bros in the borough will be offering a free pint of semi-skimmed or skimmed milk with each edition.
S.V., 01 April 2015.