Carolyn’s back in news after 37 years
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