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.)