The role of a editor for a local newspaper is a privileged one.
I am very honoured to have been in that position for over 20 years – ten of them here in Matlock.
But this week I am stepping down and moving on in a different direction to start something new.
I have had a fantastic time editing this paper and met many interesting people lots of whom I hope will stay friends in the future.
It’s no secret that times are tough in the newspaper industry but I truly believe that if a community supports its paper, like the people of Matlock do the Mercury, then the future is going to be good and this paper will evolve and grow with a new wider audience courtesy of our website and social media.
A newspaper is a vital part of local democracy allowing people to have their say and join in important debates.
You can always trust your newspaper to be impartial and to be giving you the facts without an agenda – political or otherwise.
That’s not to say we will always sit on the fence.
We are not afraid to stand up for what is right and fight the corner of the underdog. We are here to help you question authority and fight battles for you.
So make sure you keep sending in your letters and opinions and also use our website, Twitter and Facebook to let us know what is going on. Without you there would be no Mercury.
Amanda Hatfield, editor