Winston’s political interpretation
A sign language interpreter from Kirkcudbright ensured a political discussion was fully available to deaf people.
Winston Denerley interpreted at a function at Dalswinton where the guest speaker was Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Winston, who is 18, learned British Sign Language (BSL) at a young age as his dad John has been profoundly deaf since birth.
John attended the event with Winston, who translated for speakers in front of an audience of 180.
Winston, who is about to begin a four-year degree course on BSL at Heriot-Watt University, said: “I mainly went along to translate for my dad but was able to make the event more inclusive by relaying what was being said to everyone with an understanding of BSL.
“It was all good experience before I start at uni in Edinburgh.”
With Scottish Parliament legislation now meaning the wider use of BSL at official events, Winston hopes to make translating and interpreting a long- term career.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who was on a short speaking tour in Scotland, spoke at length on Brexit and answered questions at the afternoon tea, organised by Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Association.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack, who chaired the event, said: “It was a very successful function held in the wonderful setting of the wedding venue marquee in the beautiful Dalswinton gardens.
“We are very grateful to Winston for providing BSL and wish him well with his studies. I’m sure he will have a bright future.”
Communication skills Winston Denerley, left, interprets Jacob Rees-Mogg’s views for his dad John, right, as Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack looks on