Carolyn’s back in news af­ter 37 years

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

AFORMER coun­cil­lor has re­joined Mac­cles­field Talk­ing News­pa­per for the Blind - af­ter a 37 year ab­sence.

When the newly formed Talk­ing News­pa­per was re­cruit­ing read­ers in 1974 Carolyn An­drew vol­un­teered and read the news on the first edi­tion.

How­ever, af­ter four years of in­volve­ment Carolyn was elected a bor­ough coun­cil­lor and found it dif­fi­cult to com­bine the two com­mit­ments.

Now, af­ter re­tir­ing from civic du­ties Carolyn is back in front of the mi­cro­phone read­ing the news for the hun­dreds of lis­ten­ers.

Carolyn be­came in­volved with the char­ity in the 1970s be­cause she was a mem­ber of MADS.

The then chair­man Colin Read had been asked to re­cruit suit­able read­ers for the new ser­vice and Carolyn was asked to au­di­tion.

Carolyn said she was keen to be a part of the Talk­ing News­pa­per team be­cause she wanted to help com­mu­ni­cate lo­cal news and events to peo­ple with sight prob­lems who could no longer read the news­pa­per them­selves.

Re­call­ing the au­di­tion Carolyn said: “It was a bit scary. I hadn’t done any­thing like it be­fore, and had cer­tainly never been in a record­ing stu­dio.

“But I soon re­laxed and I must have done okay, be­cause I was se­lected to read on the first ever record­ing, which was very ex­cit­ing.”

Mean­while the char­ity has is­sued a fresh ap­peal for a new editor.

In Fe­bru­ary, cur­rent editor Lynn Hil­ton an­nounced she was step­ping down af­ter 14 years of ser­vice. How­ever, seven months on, no suit­able re­place­ment has been found.

Lynn said: “The ideal can­di­date will be keenly in­ter­ested in cur­rent af­fairs, have ex­cel­lent lit­er­acy skills and pos­sess good lo­cal knowl­edge.”

If you are in­ter­ested call 01625 435283.

●● Lynn Hil­ton, editor of Mac­cles­field talk­ing news­pa­per, is still search­ing for a suc­ces­sor

●● For­mer coun­cil­lor Carolyn An­drew, re­turns to the mic with Mac­cles­field Talk­ing News­pa­per

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