Still big noise af­ter 40 years

2,000th edi­tion of Spelthorne Talk­ing News

Staines Informer - - 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

Gra­hame Larter HI127630

Vol­un­teers Wendy Bar­rett, Mike Smith, Jean Rogers, Bob Com­mon, Sheila Ren­nie and recordist Mike Han­ley.

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