Over and out... June and Norman sign off

June Street and Norman Cripps open their thank you cards after years of service to the Dacorum Talking Newspaper.
June Street and Norman Cripps open their thank you cards after years of service to the Dacorum Talking Newspaper.

A pair of volunteers with more than three decades of combined service to people with sight problems are retiring from their roles.

Norman Cripps and June Street have been regular readers for the Dacorum Talking Newspaper, which is distributed in memory stick form to around 120 blind people in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.

They are now stepping down from the team of more than 80 volunteers who help broadcast the Herald Express’ sister paper The Gazette to its listeners.

Chairman of the talking newspaper Mog Phillips said: “What picks Norman and June out as special is the fact they have conscientiously turned up and given their time for 31 years between them.

“We sincerely thank them on behalf of their many listeners. Luckily two volunteer readers have stepped in to fill the gap so the listeners can enjoy the paper for years to come.”

June is also well known in the community for her former role as chief executive of the Dacorum Council for Voluntary Service, known today as Community Action Dacorum.