Westmorland Gazette cartoon 16 March 2017

The big Westmorland Gazette cartoon story this week is the new footpath which follows the old route from the Lancaster Canal to Kendal. At least it makes a change from the usual suspects banging on about re-opening the waterway itself.

In other news, local hotels experience a pre-Brexit* boom – but only in people wanting to buy local hotels – and it is announced that a new Hollywood blockbuster is to be filmed in the Lakes.

Sit back and enjoy the ideas which assailed my steamed editor before casting your eyes down to the cartoon as it appeared on the front page.

(* for non-UK readers, ‘pre-Brexit’ is the phrase to describe that period when Brexiteers and dinosaurs averse to the EU run round in ever-desperate circles trying to convince everyone that jumping off a cliff without a parachute or a clue is a really rather splendid idea and thoroughly British.)

Westmorland Gazette cartoon 9 March 2017

In this week’s Westmorland Gazette the front page story is the increasingly common problem of school closures. Pupil numbers are falling, a problem caused by declining birth-rates and high house prices (largely due to second-home ownership) forcing young families out of the area. A fertile area for the Gazette cartoon.

And in the national news, the new, multi-faceted pound coin is about to arrive. (Raid your piggy bank now – you have until October 15 to cash in the old coin, a date calculated to produce a sudden Brexit windfall for the government.)

Westmorland Gazette cartoon 2 March 2017

The front page story for this week’s Westmorland Gazette also made the national news.

The South Lakes Safari Zoo, in Dalton-in-Furness, has been recommended for closure after a damning report into animal welfare. An awkward subject but the cartoon is not there to fight shy of tricky stories, and in case the editor was cautious I added an extra cartoon.

Here are the ideas I pitched, together with the editor’s final choice.

Westmorland Gazette cartoon 23 February 2017

This week’s Westmorland Gazette featured a landmark for the area – the first same-sex marriage took place in a Kendal church.

Given the – ahem – conservative nature of the area, this was clearly an opportunity for my editorial cartoon. Below are the ideas I submitted to my steamed editor (one or two of them may have been designed to provoke howls of outrage in editorial). You can see the editor’s choice at the end, as it appears on the front page.

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