Talking newspaper is sounding good

Bill Henderson  100th member of Strathkelvin Talking newspaper, with  Elspeth Cassells and Alister Aitchinson 'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/5/12
Bill Henderson 100th member of Strathkelvin Talking newspaper, with Elspeth Cassells and Alister Aitchinson 'Photo Emma Mitchell'23/5/12

THE Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper Association has reached a major milestone.

The charity provides free weekly digital recordings of the Kirkintilloch Herald for the blind and partially sighted, and last week it welcomed its 100th subscriber.

The association was formed in 1981 and until last year never had more than 70 recipients.

But since going digital in 2011 - introducing ‘Boombox Players’ to replace the outdated tape recorders - the number of subscribers has reached record highs.

The 100th recipient, Bill Henderson (96), from Kirkintilloch, said: “I am looking forward to listening to all the news from the Kirkintilloch Herald, which will help me keep in touch with my community.”

The association’s next fundraising event is a concert at St Ninian’s High School on Friday, June 8, featuring the Kirkintilloch Band and The Kirkintilloch Youth Band.

Tickets priced £6adult/£children can be bought from Flowers by Lindsay, Catherine Street, Kirkintilloch or can be bought at the door.

Alistair Aitchison and Elspeth Cassells, from the Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper, are pictured presenting Bill with his Boombox.