By ANISAH ARIF
Publishers of the Asian Sunday have now launched a new regional title in Kirklees.
The historic occasion took place at the Dewsbury Town Hall on Thursday 29th November where people from the political, business and education sector as well as locals gathered.
Guests witnessed the unveiling the very first publication for the region featured a story about Mushy Asghar, the Educating Yorkshire student who overcame his stammer.
Guest speakers attended the launch such as Mayor of Kirklees Gwen Lowe, Labour MP for Dewsbury Paula Sherriff and Bradford East MP and Shadow Minister Imran Hussain all spoke at the event as well as the editor, Fatima Patel who all gave speeches to the audience.
MP Imran Hussain said: “Fatima is someone who is massively dedicated to her work, that I’ve known for many years. I know her to be absolutely principled. This will be a great addition to the whole of Kirklees. I think she herself will be a great addition to West Yorkshire. It’s been a privilege and honour to join everyone here today to support her”.
The Asian Sunday Kirklees first newspaper was given to all the members that came, and shared photo opportunities as well as food and dessert.
The newspaper will be distributed to over 300 businesses within the Kirklees area, which covers Huddersfield, Batley, Dewsbury, Mirfield, Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike.
Mayor of Kirklees, Gwen Lowe said: “There is nothing better than the feel of a book or a newspaper in your hand. Sadly, we are seeing a decline of local newspapers, but this paper is a great platform to find out what is happening in the community to learn from and to encourage people to engage more. If it matters in the community, it is worth writing about. I’m very sure that this Kirklees edition will be a great success”
“The future depends on what we do in the present. Whilst we are living in the present, we must celebrate life everyday knowing that we are making history with every word, every action and every deed”
Asian Sunday Newspaper is a pioneering media title which made history as the UK’s first free Sunday newspaper and also the first ever Asian Sunday newspaper. The newspaper launched in 2011 and went on to become one of the most read Asian newspaper’s in Bradford. The aim of the paper was to provide a platform for learning, understanding, dialogue, integration and to conduct and deliver responsible reporting.
Following on from success, Fatima launched a national weekly title Asian Standard and re-launched the glossy monthly lifestyle magazine- Asian Style magazine.
Among other professional credits, the media entrepreneur is also patron of Cancer Support Yorkshire and its founder and Chief Executive of the Inspirational Women’s Foundation and on the Board of Directors for the UNESCO City of Film Bradford.
The future plans are in gear for Asian Sunday Newspaper with the magazine Desi Kitchen, which will be the first consumer food magazine dedicated to South Asian cuisine, hoping to launch in January. As well as this, the newspaper is hoping to release new regional titles in areas such as Leeds, Preston, Blackburn, Bolton, Newcastle, Leicester, Nottingham, Coventry, Slough, Southall and Wembley.
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