A West Norfolk community talking newspaper service is to close this week, officials have announced.
Dozens of volunteers have worked on the Hunstanton and district talking newspaper project since it was first recorded in the mid-1980s.
But the last edition of the weekly recordings will be distributed to listeners today, ending a 27-year service to blind and partially sighted people living in the resort and surrounding areas.
Organisers say that the move has been triggered by falling listener numbers, though those residents who have continued to receive the recordings will now be catered for by the Lynn talking newspaper service.
Group chairman John Cole said: “In the early 1990s, requests for the tape got up to around 100 but, since the early 2000s, we have seen a steady reduction and it is now down to between 20 and 25.”
The first edition of the talking newspaper, which used news items from the Lynn News, was recorded in November 1986.
Around 50 volunteers worked on a five-weekly rota system to produce the weekly hour-long recordings in a studio which has been housed at the Glebe House School in Cromer Road for much of the scheme’s history.
And Mr Cole thanked both the volunteers and the school for their support of the project over the years.
Nationally, there are still around 400 talking newspaper schemes operating.
And the remaining listeners to the Hunstanton talking newspaper will be transferred to the Vision Link TN service, which is provided by the Lynn Talking Newspaper Association and also uses material from the Lynn News.
For more information about the Vision Link service, contact Lynn group secretary David Gifford on 01553 661579.