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Lancashire Evening Post

The Lancashire Evening Post (known locally as the LEP) is an evening tabloid newspaper based in Preston and sold across most of central and northern Lancashire, including Wigan, Blackpool, Lancaster, Blackburn and Southport, from Monday to Saturday.

It was founded in 1886. Between 1893 and 1949 it switched to daily publication and was accordingly known as the Lancashire Daily Post during that time.

It’s published by Lancashire Evening Post Ltd, a branch of Johnston Press‘s North West division.

In recent years it’s been very much at the forefront of the industry’s moves towards digital innovation, having piloted Johnston Press’s Digital Newsroom of the Future project. The award-winning website publishes news and sports videos, audio interviews and talking newspapers, and has two dedicated sections for community interaction and content. It has more features and eye-candy than the average JP newspaper website.

There are two editions: the County edition and a local Chorley edition for the town of Chorley a few miles south of Preston. (The Final edition for Preston was withdrawn in September 2008.)

A sister title, the Wigan Evening Post, covers the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester. From 1970 to 1984 there was also a local edition for south-western Lancashire, the Evening Post & Chronicle.

It’s also available as an iOS and Android app.

  • Address:
  • Lancashire Evening Post
    Oliver’s Place

    PR2 9ZA
  • Tel:
  • 01772 254841
  • Fax:
  • 01772 204941