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The Darlington and District Talking Newspaper Association is a registered charity and was established in 1979 as a service to the visually impaired in the Darlington area. The service is available free to anyone who cannot read because of disability.

CDs and memory sticks of local news items are sent out every week.

Interviewing the actor Warwick Davis


The service is also available as a download on our website.

We are one of over five hundred such organisations throughout the country. Each Talking Newspaper is independent but they may share the services and information provided by the Talking Newspaper Federation (TNF).

When Darlington Talking Newspaper first began, it was based in a room at the local College of Technology, and only 20 listeners received the weekly tape in 1979. The first tapes were dubbed in the principal’s office at the college.

Later, the Talking Newspaper moved to Bennett House, Horsemarket in Darlington town centre where they stayed for many years.

The final move was to the Northern Echo premises in Crown Street. Thanks to North of England Newspapers, publishers of The Northern Echo, who provided space for a studio and office.

We all take reading a newspaper so much for granted in our daily lives. The Talking Newspaper is the one way that a blind or partially sighted person can independently access the news of the week for themselves.

If you know of anyone whom you feel would like to have a “talking newspaper”, keeping them up to date on local news, please contact us.