Founding member David Holland is leaving Waveney Words
A key member of a talking newspaper for the blind and partially sighted is standing down after three decades with the charity.
Chief technician and founding member David Holland is ending his long association with Waveney Words ahead of moving to Cheltenham.
Waveney Words has been providing a fortnightly news service to the blind and partially sighted in south Norfolk and north Suffolk since 1986.
David helped to produce the first news cassette and has been chief technician ever since.
The 76-year-old, of Millway Avenue in Diss, said: “It’s been quite rewarding, especially when listeners say they have enjoyed one particular piece.”
David has held various committee positions on Waveney Words over the years and also contributed interviews and stories on subjects of a wider interest.
“I remember one of my first interviews,” he said. “It was with a woman who hand-painted handkerchiefs and I kept thinking ‘this story might be a problem as it is a very visual one’.
“But later on, I was approached by a listener and she said ‘I could see the colours.’ If you can do that, you can do anything.”
David is moving away to be closer to his daughter and two grandchildren.
He is set to leave at the beginning of next year and will be replaced by long-term member and volunteer David Brooks.
Secretary Trevor Freeborn said: “David is like a father figure to us all. He has lots of experience and sets very high standards for the quality of sound and maintains them. We will miss him tremendously.”
Until he leaves, David, who also volunteers at the Corn Hall, will continue to help if and when he can.