Win­ston’s po­lit­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

A sign lan­guage in­ter­preter from Kirkcud­bright en­sured a po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion was fully avail­able to deaf peo­ple.

Win­ston Den­er­ley in­ter­preted at a func­tion at Dal­swin­ton where the guest speaker was Tory MP Ja­cob Rees-Mogg.

Win­ston, who is 18, learned Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage (BSL) at a young age as his dad John has been pro­foundly deaf since birth.

John at­tended the event with Win­ston, who trans­lated for speak­ers in front of an au­di­ence of 180.

Win­ston, who is about to be­gin a four-year de­gree course on BSL at He­riot-Watt Univer­sity, said: “I mainly went along to trans­late for my dad but was able to make the event more in­clu­sive by re­lay­ing what was be­ing said to ev­ery­one with an un­der­stand­ing of BSL.

“It was all good ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore I start at uni in Ed­in­burgh.”

With Scot­tish Par­lia­ment leg­is­la­tion now mean­ing the wider use of BSL at of­fi­cial events, Win­ston hopes to make trans­lat­ing and in­ter­pret­ing a long-term ca­reer.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who was on a short speak­ing tour in Scot­land, spoke at length on Brexit and an­swered ques­tions at the af­ter­noon

tea, or­gan­ised by Dum­fries and Gal­loway Con­ser­va­tive and Union­ist As­so­ci­a­tion.

Dum­fries and Gal­loway MP Alis­ter Jack, who chaired the event, said: “It was a very suc­cess­ful func­tion held in the won­der­ful set­ting of the

wed­ding venue mar­quee in the beau­ti­ful Dal­swin­ton gar­dens.

“We are very grate­ful to Win­ston for pro­vid­ing BSL and wish him well with his stud­ies. I’m sure he will have a bright fu­ture.”

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills Win­ston Den­er­ley, left, in­ter­prets Ja­cob Rees-Mogg’s views for his dad John, right, as Dum­fries and Gal­loway MP Alis­ter Jack looks on

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