THE Journal is just ‘champion’ according to Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall.

“There have been huge shifts in the world of journalism but local news remains essential. The Journal is an outstanding example of local journalism at its best. It champions the town and provides an independent voice for its people,” she said.

“In the age of social media and instant information, the Journal still manages to set the agenda in Leigh and beyond. I’d like to congratulate the paper on reaching this anniversary and look forward to reading it for many years to come.”