Welcome to the County Durham Talking Newspaper, a free resource for people with sight loss. The local news stories and other features we record from our region’s papers include planning decisions, court cases, village events, regular columnists, amusing snippets and nostalgia pieces – much of it not covered by radio or television. We are also serialising locally written autobiographies for our listeners – e.g. the memoirs of artist Norman Cornish.
Our service has continued throughout the pandemic with precautions taken to ensure wallets, USBs and CDs are virus free – and postal wallets are over-wrapped in paper for their journey through the post. Despatch now runs fortnightly (but with a double length recording).
To become a listener, call Alice Severs on our temporary number: 0191 384 8102. Our service is enjoyed by over 100 people and is completely free to visually impaired people living in and around County Durham.
Our sources include The Northern Echo, the Durham Advertiser, The Sunday Post, the Teesdale Mercury, the Sunderland Echo, The Darlington & Stockton Times, The Sunday Sun, the Sunday Post and certain magazines. We sometimes record our own interviews and we always cover the Durham Miners’ Gala with its wonderful music and comments from the crowds.