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Talking newspaper’s new home opened by regional daily editor

The new home of a talking newspaper for the blind has been opened with help from a regional daily.

Colchester Daily Gazette editor James Wills has officially opened the Colchester and District Talking Newspaper’s headquarters at the University of Essex.

The newspaper has been run for the last 40 years and is currently produced by 70 volunteers.

It provides recordings to around 100 people in the Colchester area, and content is made up of articles from both the Gazette and the Essex County Standard.

Gazette editor James Wills, centre (standing), with volunteers at the talking newspaper

Gazette editor James Wills, centre (standing), with volunteers at the talking newspaper

Said James: “It was a privilege to be invited along to the talking newspaper’s new studio.

“We at the Gazette aim to inform as many people in the community about local news, events and sport and the role the volunteers at Colchester and District Talking Newspaper play is vital in that.”

The weekly talking paper is recorded every Thursday night before being posted out to listeners.

Chairman Alan Rustage said: “Local newspapers play a vital role for the community and our role is to make sure they reach as much of the community as possible.

“We are in the process of digitalising things so instead of the cassette, we are now sending out memory sticks.

“But there are a few people, mostly older listeners, who still prefer to have a cassette, so we will continue to offer that as well.”

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