Members of The Southend Talking Newspaper celebrated 40 years of service.

They rejoiced with families and friends for the service which provides free, weekly, audio recording of local news to visually impaired people.

A dinner was held at the Pearl Dragon Chinese restaurant in Eastern Esplanade, Southend.

Southend Talking Newspaper started as a Rotary Club Community Service project and the first recordings were posted to listeners in January 1978. Since that time approximately 250,000 recordings have been made by teams of volunteers.

Chairman Nigel Gayner said: “Everyone involved is a volunteer and I cannot thank them enough. We also have to thank the Echo for allowing us to reproduce their articles.” For more information, call 01702 554536.