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Belfast Telegraph roadshow rolls into Newcastle

By Amanda Poole

Published 14/10/2010

The Belfast Telegraph's Tell Us About It roadshows will be taking in venues across the province
The Belfast Telegraph's Tell Us About It roadshows will be taking in venues across the province

The Belfast Telegraph Tell Us About It Roadshow arrives in Newcastle today to talk to people in the Co Down town.

Following on from our roadshow in Portaferry last week, our reporters Deborah McAleese and Amanda Poole will spend the day on the streets of Newcastle to seek out the issues that matter to the people.

From 12.30pm they will be in the recently revamped promenade and Main Street area listening to issues concerning the public and finding out what stories should be informing our newspaper’s coverage.

The Mourne mountains will provide the breathtaking backdrop for our journalists, who will be wearing Belfast Telegraph branded T-shirts. So, approach them for a chat and let them know about what’s going on in south Down.

The Belfast Telegraph has always prided itself on covering local news, national and international stories. And while we |celebrate our 140th year of publication, the Tell Us About It Roadshows follow that proud tradition.

At 7pm this evening, broadcaster Lynda Bryans will chair a Question Time-style debate in the Newcastle Centre Auditorium.

Ms Bryans brings a wealth of experience to her role and will be keeping our panel members in check, plus facilitating questions from the floor.

Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson will also be there to hear views from the people of Newcastle on how best the paper should serve our readers.

He will be joined by Margaret Ritchie MP, chief executive of Finnebrogue, Denis Lynn, chairman of Down District Council Eamon O’Neil and DUP councillor Jim Wells.

Margaret Ritchie said the roadshow was a great opportunity for “Belfast Telegraph readers to read about what Newcastle and South Down have to offer”.

Jim Wells said he was looking forward to hearing the burning issues in south Down and added: “With the October 20 government cuts only a week away it will be interesting to hear what people think.”

The issues raised and opinions aired in Newcastle will be reported in detail in tomorrow and Saturday’s Belfast Telegraph.

The remaining Tell Us About It Roadshows will be in Enniskillen on October 21 and Omagh on October 28, before finishing in Belfast in November.

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