A new rival to 'Whitstable mum in custard shortage' for most underwhelming regional newspaper story has emerged.
This time from the Folkestone Herald. The tale of the pasty that was three days past its sell-by date and sold to a young mum.
First there was the famous Whitstable Times "Whitstable mum in custard shortage" story. Then the tale, and exclusive picture, of a dead fish headlined: "Exhaustion blamed for Hertford fish death" in the East Herts Herald.
The Journalism Hub blog discovered another contender for best non-news story in a local paper:"Tributes as popular Lichfield cat dies".
And there was Dog injures nose in the Salisbury Journal.
- A new book planned by Penguin for publication in October is called Whitstable Mum in Custard Shortage . . . And Other World Exclusives from Britain's Finest Local Newspapers. The idea is for a gift-book compendium of all the silliest stories from across Britain's local newspapers that were published on slow news days.