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MP lends a hand at talking news service in Lichfield

A group who create news reports for blind and partially-sighted people in Lichfield have been given a helping hand to put together one of their broadcasts.

Michael Fabricant with John May from Lichfield Talking News

Michael Fabricant with John May from Lichfield Talking News

Michael Fabricant MP visited Lichfield Talking News to see how the group is using digital media to keep local residents upto date with the latest headlines.

And the politician – who was once a BBC broadcaster – got in on the act by reading a report for listeners.

Mr Fabricant said:

“Talking News for the blind or partially sighted has traditionally been a 90 minute weekly tape recorded on cassette.  But with cassette players ceasing production worldwide at the end of 2011, Lichfield sought another solution.

“John May of Lichfield Talking News told me that they are now distributing Talking News on memory sticks with over 10 hours recording capacity each week.  And uniquely, they are working with a firm based in Newark, Nottinghamshire to develop memory stick players for the severely disabled.  Interest has already been shown nationally and from Talking News in Germany.

“The development of this project followed on from a visit to Saxon Hill School where he met lind and very severely disabled children who need special equipment to operate the memory stick.

“I am hugely impressed by the project and I applaud Lichfield Lions Club, local charities, and individuals who support it.”

Lichfield Talking News provides a service to Lichfield, a separate stream for Burton-on-Trent, and provides input to a national service.  All the equipment and the weekly supply of memory sticks are all provided free of charge.

Mr May added:

“We are the friends who drop through the letterbox every Saturday morning.”

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