Your champion and your pal

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LOCAL Newspaper Week gives us chance to do something we don’t manage too often - sit back and take stock of the service we provide to you, our readers. For in the hurly-burly of a busy newspaper office, it is not always easy to find time to step back and view through fresh eyes the things which, every day, we take for granted.

Things such as bringing you a wealth of stories about your communities six days a week. And how we provide the fastest, best sports service for our football-mad city and neighbouring towns.

We feel we are justifiably proud of the manner in which, day after day, we keep you informed and entertained.

But there is more to being a good local newspaper. A lot more.

And, here at The Star, we feel that we go that extra distance on a regular basis not only to let you know what is going on in your area - and with your team - but also to campaign and lead.

We are particularly proud of our Women of Steel campaign which sought recognition for the women who spent their war years working in the danger-filled steel mills of Sheffield while the city’s menfolk were away fighting for King and country.

When the war ended, the women were dismissed with barely a thank you. And that was wrong, we decided. So we successfully campaigned for the Government to belatedly issue a heartfelt note of appreciation for the self-less dedication the women showed all those years ago. And we are eager to see the council’s promise of a statue in honour of the women come to fruition. Watch this space, as they say.

This is also a great time to celebrate our relationship with you, our readers. We are proud that so many of you come to us in time of need or at moments of celebration. For that is a wonderful sign of a strong, local newspaper, with a strong bond with its communities.

We are here to be your champion and your pal. We want to fight your corner when you are the victim of injustice and to share your delight during those special moments in your life.

And we hope that you feel the same and continue to support The Star, helping us to build on that vital bond between newspaper and the communities we serve.

At turning point

THE praise is only faint. But there is some cause for relief that children’s services in Doncaster, which has laboured under a shadow after a string of disastrous incidents, is finally giving clear signs that it is turning the corner. Inspectors say that the service is now ‘adequate’. It is a long way before it is time to break out the champagne but it must be acknowledged that this is a turning point in the fortunes of the council department which at one point was taken under the direct control of the Government. Those who have brought about these improvements should be congratulated. We look forward to further improvements ahead.