Digital age dawns for Talking Newspapers

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MORECAMBE’S blind centre’s Talking Newspaper service has gone digital.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind recently transferred all cassette recordings of The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian onto computerised output.

Now local blind people will only be able to listen to spoken word transcriptions of Visitor and Guardian stories on memory stick and CD, marking the end of more than 35 years of taped “talking newspapers”.

The changeover came after a lengthy period of planning and alterations at the Balmoral Road centre and a £25,000 fundraising appeal. “It involved alterations to our studios,

the replacement of all our recording and copying equipment and making sure each one of our listeners had access to a digital player,” said Louise Lambert, centre manager.

“We are grateful for the support we received from local people including the Morecambe Men’s Committee, the Galbraith Trust, the Inner Wheel of Lancaster, Carnforth Masonic Lodge and the Soroptimists along with many individuals who made donations towards the project.

“Galloway’s also received a number of generous legacies from people who had appreciated the service and decided to leave the charity a gift in their will, towards the appeal.”

See The Visitor (12-02-12) for full story.