Small screen spotlight for Talking Newspaper charity

Jean Strathie is interviewed by Emma Baker for Monday night's Border Life TV programme.
Jean Strathie is interviewed by Emma Baker for Monday night's Border Life TV programme.

The sterling work of local charity, the Borders Talking Newspaper, is set to be highlighted on television on Monday
night.

Border Life, the weekly ITV Border programme which focuses on people and places in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, will feature local Talking Newspaper listener Jean Strathie, of Ettrick Terrace, who is among those in the town who can’t see to read, or is unable to hold, a newspaper.

The 93-year-old is a devoted recipient of the free weekly service and looks forward to receiving the audio version of the Hawick News, which is run from Teviot Church by local volunteers, among whom are several town Rotarians and their wives.

Filming took place in Mrs Strathie’s home with her living room becoming a studio for the afternoon.

She said she was more than pleased to take part, even though she knew it
would be a challenge at her age, but she felt she had to get the word out about how much the service was 
appreciated by people like herself.

At the end of the interview, which was conducted by ITV reporter Emma Baker, Mrs Strathie admitted to being relieved that it was over, but
said that it had been a memorable experience and one she wouldn’t have missed for the world.

Border Life will be screen-
ed on Monday at 8pm.