The Woking News & Mail published its last edition after 117 years today, following the decision by Guardian Media Group to close the weekly and its sister-title, the free Woking Review.
The News & Mail carried two pages of tributes from readers, which included:
"The closure of the News & Mail and the Woking Review is not just 'a shame', it is a calamity," wrote Pat Clack, of Send Road, Send.
"Did the public realise how important a good local newspaper was for a community?," asked Maurice Hibberd, of Westfield.
Rachel Tytherleigh added: "My daughter, Lucy Constantine, has been a member of the WN&M's Press Gang for a couple of years now. She was looking forward to seeing her 10th birthday printed in the Press Gang section on March 24.
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