A SPECIAL edition of a talking newspaper has been recorded to mark the 40th anniversary of Tendring Talking Times.

The talking newspaper is also celebrating its 2000th edition making local news accessible for more than 150 blind and partially sighted people across the district.

Tendring Talking Times (TTT) volunteers record news stories from local newspapers onto memory sticks which are sent out to those who want to keep up to date with local affairs.

Mark Platt, Chairman of Tendring Council visited the studio to see the action himself.

He said: "I was delighted to visit the studio and meet the Chairman of TTT, Hollis Drake and the team of volunteers that provide this invaluable service to the residents of Tendring.

"Having links myself with people who are sight-impaired or blind, I know only too well the difference that a service such as this can bring to their lives and it was an honour to be part of the 40th anniversary and 2000th edition."

Those who are interested in signing up for the service can do so by contacting Hollis Drake on 01206 393037, or to find out more about becoming a volunteer, contact Nick Lee on 01255 821163.