increased advertising sales by 1% despite strong regional variations.
Underlying advertising revenues at Northcliffe
were down 6.7 per cent in March and April, with recruitment off 4.7 per cent, property down 12.7 per cent and motors weakening 9.2 per cent.
Holywood, from Ireland, needed to win five of their six matches against Northcliffe
on the final day but the English pulled off a 4.5-1.5 victory to secure the title.
Media, its regional newspaper arm, saw advertising revenue in the same period drop almost one per cent year-on year, although the company added that the last 12 weeks have seen a 2.4 per cent rise in advertising levels.
Media Group-owned newspaper, which was launched in 2000, has blamed poor circulation and a lack of advertising sales for the decision.
Evans, 27, from the Northcliffe
club in Bradford, said: "This means so much to me."
New Beat, the monthly West Midlands police newspaper, won the publication of the year award sponsored by newspaper group Northcliffe
The newspapers sold in the agreement will be added to Northcliffe
Media, the Daily Mail & General Trust's local media division.
The Daily Mail & General Trust said advertising revenues were down 2% at Associated Newspapers - which houses the Daily Mail and London's Evening Standard - and down 8% at its regional newspaper arm Northcliffe
. But a strong performance by its digital operations meant it expected to achieve "modest progress" this year.
Seeded Tom Whitehouse saw his title bid end at the fifth round stage after losing five and four to Simon Bell (Northcliffe
Bradford: G Evans (Northcliffe
), C Howe (Hollins Hall), D Wallis (Hollins Hall), A Brown (Bingley St Ives), T Brushwood (Northcliffe
), M Atter (Bradford), N Colbeck (Cleckheaton), D Bairstow (Bingley St Ives), J Mountain (Hollins Hall), C Bloice (Cleckheaton), C Dunn (Bradford).
Birmingham law firm Cobbetts has completed its third retail deal this year after advising confectionery, tobacco and news retailer Rippleglen on its acquisition of Northcliffe