Still big noise after 40 years
2,000th edition of Spelthorne Talking News
A NEWSPAPER for visually impaired people has celebrated its 2,000th edition.
Spelthorne Talking News passed the major milestone on June 4.
The service is a registered charity founded in 1977 by film producer Jimmy Wright, who was himself blind after his aircraft caught fire during the war.
The weekly programme was originally recorded on tape cassettes at Shepperton Studios, where Jimmy had an office.
It is now recorded, duplicated and packed for mailing each week in the council offices at Knowle Green in Staines.
Jimmy’s widow, Jan Wright, who still lives in Shepperton, said: “Jimmy would be so proud to know that the service he started is still going strong after nearly 40 years. It is a testimony to the dedication of a loyal band
Volunteers Wendy Barrett, Mike Smith, Jean Rogers, Bob Common, Sheila Rennie and recordist Mike Hanley.