THE NEW owners of Dorset’s View From series of local newspapers are Jerry and Rosemary Ramsdale, who also own the Mariners Hotel in Lyme Regis.
The couple have six children and a holiday home in Lyme.
They bought the 17 century Mariners hotel and restaurant in November 2007, and have since refurbished it.
Mr Ramsdale runs a magazine publishing and exhibitions company in St Albans. Fastener + Fixing Magazine – according to its website – is published six times a year, and each print edition of more than 30 pages of original reporting and interviews is distributed on a free-of-charge, controlled circulation basis to 12500 named professionals across the European fastener and fixings manufacturing and distribution industry.
Fastener + Fixing Annual Business Directories are also distributed to those same industry professionals, as well as being distributed at exhibitions the magazine takes part in throughout the world.
Mr Ramsdale also has other business interests, including part ownership of a fleet vehicle magazine.
This is his first venture into newspaper publishing.
The View From titles – covering Bridport, Beaminster, Lyme Regis, Dorchester and Weymouth – will continue to be run from offices in St Michael’s Business Centre in Lyme Regis.
Mr Ramsdale said: “I am looking forward to working with founders Philip and Jackie Evans and their staff in developing the View group of newspapers.
“They are excellent community publications, very popular with the readers and well respected by advertisers.
“Although these are difficult times for local newspapers I believe there is an excellent future for community publications like the View.”
Mr and Mrs Ramsdale have also acquired the View from Chard, View from Ilminster and View from Sid Vale titles, as well as the View Online website, which you can see by clicking on this link here.
Note: Based on a press release issued by the View From, but including additional material.