Clifton Chronicle faces closure next week

Independent Bristol paper the Clifton Chronicle will close next week unless a new backer or business partner can be found.

The Chronicle was a title revived in November last year by Stan Szecowka after he was made redundant by Northcliffe's Bristol Evening Post, where he was deputy editor. He used his redundancy pay-out to fund the launch.

Next week will be the Chronicle's 30th issue. Szecowka brought out the paper with no other full-time staff.

He told Press Gazette: "The paper has not gone bust but next week's issue will be the last if I cannot find a business partner. It has been good fun but I cannot carry on as a one-man band.

"I have been working from 8am to 11 p.m every day but that's nothing special for a new business. I put my heart and soul into it and reader response has been fantastic.

"I found getting the stories easy but the difficult thing has been having time to do everything else."

Szecowka said sales of the paper had been building to around 2,500 to 3,000 a week.

The Clifton Chronicle originally launched in 1850 but folded in 1928 due to a newsprint shortage.

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