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Celebration marks 40 years of Hyndburn Talking Newspaper

More than 100 people attended the event at the Brooks Club

Left, Hyndburn's 'Talking Newspaper' celebrates 40th birthday. (Front L-R) Graham Barnes and John Mallalieu (Back L-R) Bernard Mullany and Marion Clark. Right, (Front L-R) Jane Robinson, Wendy Saunders, Paul Berry (Back L-R) teacher Mary Catlow, teacher John Bilsborough and Nigel Gouldsbrough.

A grand celebration was held at the Brooks Club in Accrington to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hyndburn District Talking Newspaper.

More than 100 people were present to watch those involved with the Talking Newspaper receive awards for voluntary long service.

Secretary Marion Clark’s award was for 35 years of service.

Afterwards, there was a lunch of potato pie and peas, before the famous Clitheroe Ukulele Orchestra took to the stage.

The Talking Newspaper was launched in mid-September 1977.

Accrington Rotary was very much in the forefront with Rotarian Raymond Wolstenholme being its first chairman.

A grand celebration was held at the Brooks club in Accrington to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Hyndburn District Talking Newspaper. From left to right:Tom Haworth, Tony Ford, Maureen Simpson, Peter Taylor, Marion Clark, John McManus, MP Graham Jones, Graham Barnes, Beryl McManus, John Mallalieu and Colin Furey

Local businessmen provided much of the finance to meet the initial £2,500 cost of the scheme. Students from Accrington College under the direction of Mrs J Catlow became involved with the production of the master tape from which copies were made via a duplicator which cost £1,100.

Technology has some changed over the 40 years as memory sticks now contain the readings from the Accrington Observer, and are conveyed to the 50 or so people in the district who require such aids.

In his address, chairman Graham Barnes said: “I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all the volunteers who are connected with the Talking Newspaper.

"The awards presented today are a reflection of the many people who have been associated with this valuable project for very many years. Our MP Graham Jones has always had an interest in what we achieve, and we welcome his presence. Help from the Rotary clubs over many years is much appreciated.

Hyndburn's 'Talking Newspaper' celebrates 40th birthday. Anne Wilson, Charles Parker and Norman Holden - three blind people who were eager to hear the first issue of the Talking Newspaper in August 1977.

"Finally I want to give my thanks to all the people who have turned up to celebrate our 40 years.”

The Rotary clubs of Church and Oswaldtwistle, Great Harwood and Rishton and Pendle view undertake the weekly reading from the Observer, with Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary carrying out the monthly reading of the magazine.

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