Above: Dumbarton from West Bridgend, the River Leven and the Rock. Picture by Tom Gardiner.
One of the first editions of The Democrat back in August 2017.
We are having a record-breaking week at The Dumbarton Democrat. Our fearless reporting of local and national events from a local perspective brought thousands of viewers to our digital news platform this week. On one day alone we had nearly 10,000 views and 6,000 visitors, including exiles in America, Australia and South Africa. No other local news outlet comes anywhere near our household penetration figures. Our reporting has of course brought us bans from the likes of secrecy obsessed, SNP-run West Dunbartonshire Council, who refuse to treat us like other news organisations according to custom and practice. However, we have had many bouquets too from people who believe in Freedom of the Press. We are FREE to access for readers and we don’t take advertising unless it’s from community groups and charities. It’s FREE too. We don’t spin, we stir and that’s our role as journalists in this community. Editor