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HH-1-16.12.15-wFORTY YEARS ago during the last week of December, a group of Helensburgh people sat round a microphone and recorded an experimental version of a talking newspaper for the blind.

They were so successful that the experimental version actually became the first edition of Headline Helensburgh, the talking newspaper serving the blind and otherwise visually handicapped in Helensburgh and District.

Modelled on one already in existence in Wales, it turned out to be the first in Scotland, pipping Dunfermline Sound by a few weeks.

Now there are nearly 70, most of them in the Central Belt but also covering the more rural areas north and south.

Last Wednesday evening a small team — including three of the founder members — gathered to record the first 2016 edition of Scotland’s oldest registered talking newspaper for the blind.

It has changed over the four decades. A monthly half hour of local news, views and sport has broadened into an hour-long twice-a-month cassette, with higher sound recording quality and the ability to be converted, when required, to a cd.

The development of news services on local radio stations has reduced the demand for the free service, but it still has some 30 blind recipients keen to hear the news from two issues of the Advertiser.

The full story of Headline Helensburgh can be read here. The picture shows Peter Douglas, who has recorded the master cassette from the start, at work on the mid-December edition.

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John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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