George pops in to have a word with town's talking newspaper

‘A great example of the community in action’: George Osborne chats to 93-year-old listener Alice Graham about Knutsfprd Talking Newspaper

‘A great example of the community in action’: George Osborne chats to 93-year-old listener Alice Graham about Knutsfprd Talking Newspaper

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TATTON MP George Osborne was all ears when he paid a visit to Knutsford and District Talking Newspaper on June 20.

Mr Osborne was invited to see the Talking Newspaper’s new speaker system, which has been provided to all listeners to improve the quality and presentation of local news and views.

Listener Alice Graham, 93, demonstrated how she uses the memory stick and speakers to Mr Osborne.

“I look forward to receiving my recordings of the Knutsford Guardian every week,” she told him.

“As soon as it arrives I sit down and listen to the news. It’s one of the highlights of my week.”

The Knutsford and District Talking Newspaper was established with the help of the Lions and is completely self-funded. It takes 11 people every Wednesday to complete and distribute the recordings and, in 30 years, the team have never missed an edition.

Speaking after his visit Mr Osborne said: “Meeting Alice has been one of the highlights of my week. I’m very impressed with the work of the Talking Newspaper.

“It’s a great way of ensuring even those with a visual disability can access local news and views and keep up-to-date with what’s going on in the town.

“It’s a great example of the community in action.”

The Knutsford Talking Newspaper is available, free of charge, to anyone who is blind, visually disabled, or who finds it difficult to read because of a medical condition.

If you think you, a friend or family member may be eligible to receive the Talking Newspaper, or you would like to volunteer, contact Jan Devery on 01565 722046 or jan.devery@gmail.com.

PICTURE: Jonathan Farber

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