The Westmorland Gazette is a weekly newspaper published in Kendal, England, covering "South Lakeland and surrounding areas", including Barrow and North Lancashire. Its name refers to the historic county of Westmorland. The paper is now owned by the Newsquest group, forming part of Westmorland Gazette Newspapers, which includes the weekly freesheet South Lakes Citizen and other titles. It has an office in Ulverston in addition to its Kendal base. The circulation is about 14,500. It changed from broadsheet to compact format in August 2009. The editor, Kevin Young, also edits the local tabloid The Lancashire Telegraph.
The newspaper was founded in 1818. Among its early editors was Thomas de Quincey, from July 1818 until his resignation in November 1819, later to become famous for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. It has been suggested that his interests were too esoteric for the readership, but the main reason for his departure seems to have been concern expressed about his reliability: the proprietors had complained in July 1819 of "their dissatisfaction with the lack of 'regular communication between the Editor and the Printer'".
In 2007 The Times reported that a minor news story in the Westmorland Gazette, describing the fire brigade's attendance to extinguish a burning chair, had received much commentary. The editor, Mike Glover, was quoted as saying: "This is not the most crime-ridden or busiest of areas, and it's difficult to get much material from calls to the police and fire brigade. We took the the [sic] attitude that local news sells local newspapers. People will have wondered what the fire brigade were doing."
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