Landmark edition for Talking News

PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 September 2015

Tony Lay with MP John Penrose and guests.

Tony Lay with MP John Penrose and guests.


A VOLUNTEER group which helps North Somerset's blind and partially-sighted people keep in touch with the news celebrated an important landmark this week.

Woodspring Talking News (WTN) recorded its 1,500th weekly edition of news from the Mercury and sister paper the North Somerset Times, and marked the occasion with a get-together for members and supporters.

Weston MP John Penrose cut the celebratory cake, and also took a turn behind the microphone to record the week’s opening news item.

Almost 50 volunteers play a part in getting news recordings to almost 200 people across the district with visual impairments.

Chairman Tony Lay said “I’m so pleased we were able to celebrate this special occasion in such a way. The afternoon was enjoyed by everyone who attended and it was good of John Penrose to add his voice to our 1,500th recording.

“Without our volunteers, WTN wouldn’t be able to provide this weekly service so, in effect, the celebration isn’t just about how many editions we’ve produced since we began in 1985; it also celebrates the continued work that our volunteers put into each and every edition we provide for our listeners.

“A big thank you goes to all of our volunteers, past and present.”

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