The Cumberland News wins Weekly Newspaper of the Year title

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The Cumberland News has been named as the Weekly Newspaper of the Year.

The title, owned by the CN Group, won the award at the Regional Press Awards in London today.

It picked up the top title in the above 15,000 circulation category.

In a double whammy, a powerful campaign led by The Cumberland News to urge a rethink of controversial plans to overhaul parts of the NHS in Cumbria won an award.

As part of Local Newspaper Week 2017, which celebrates the vital role that titles such as ours play in the communities we serve, the Save Our Services campaign has won the Making A Difference Award.

The campaign spearheaded by the News & Star and its CN Group stablemates The Cumberland News, Whitehaven News and Times & Star was one of 28 successful campaigns nationally shortlisted for the accolade.

The winner was decided by public vote.

Save Our Services was launched to urge a rethink of controversial plans to overhaul parts of the NHS in north, west and east Cumbria - most controversially radically reforming maternity care at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital and the closure of community hospital beds in Maryport, Wigton and Alston.

There was a huge response to the campaign, with 10,000 people signing our petition backing the calls.

Proposals for maternity reforms are being referred to the Secretary of State for Health.

Carlisle United reporter Jon Colman won Weekly Sports Reporter of the Year.

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