Talk­ing pa­per bids farewell to founder Penny

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A FOUND­ING mem­ber of a Mac­cles­field Talk­ing News­pa­per news­pa­per has stepped down af­ter 40 years.

Penny Whit­ney joined the char­ity’s as a reader to record sto­ries fea­tured in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press.

She later be­came a com­mit­tee mem­ber and served as sec­re­tary for 23 years.

Penny, who is mov­ing from the area, re­mem­bers at­tend­ing the au­di­tion.

She said: “Sev­eral peo­ple there seemed to know each other, so I felt rather an out­sider, but found out later that most of them were mem­bers of MADS. A week or so later I heard that I had been ac­cepted as a reader and in late April 1974 read for the first time. The other mem­bers of my team were Peter Mann, Nancy Da­gleish, who was 82, and beau­ti­fully spo­ken, Re­nee MacDougall and John Had­field. John was a well-known mem­ber of MADS.”

“In those early days read­ers had neck mi­cro­phones which could be quite tricky to put on and get in the right po­si­tion. Woe be­tide if you were wear­ing a neck­lace as it could bang against the mi­cro­phone and give a very noisy sound ef­fect.”

In later years Penny vol­un­teered her hus­band, Jeff, to be­come a copier, which in­volved mak­ing 300 copies for lis­tener from the mas­ter au­dio cas­sette.

Penny, who re­cently recorded her fi­nal read­ing, was pre­sented with flow­ers by chair­man Colin Turner.

●● Mac­cles­field Talk­ing News­pa­per for the Blind’s El­iz­a­beth Graney, Lynn Hil­ton, and Penny Whit­ney

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