36,000 hours and counting for Vale audiobook service

Calibre Audio Library hold their annual awards presentation to Calibre members for long service - l-r Bob Rollett,  Tony Lister, Richard Simpson, Ian Yeoman - trustee, Gillian Cross - guest speaker, Terrence Hardiman, Grace Dives and Jim Swingler

Calibre Audio Library hold their annual awards presentation to Calibre members for long service - l-r Bob Rollett, Tony Lister, Richard Simpson, Ian Yeoman - trustee, Gillian Cross - guest speaker, Terrence Hardiman, Grace Dives and Jim Swingler

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An Aylesbury-based audio book charity has celebrated completing 36,000 hours of recording to bring the pleasure of literature to blind and partially sighted people nationwide.

The Calibre Audio Library, which provides audio books for people unable to read print, has held a special party and award ceremony for seven of their high profile readers, who between them have volunteered their time to record 1,200 books, averaging 30 hours each.

The books range from thrillers and detective stories to children’s fiction and biographies.

Terrence Hardiman, best known for his role as ‘The Demon Headmaster’ and as Hawthorne in ‘Doctor Who’, was among five recipients of accolades for recording 150 books.

The Royal Shakespeare Company actor Richard Simpson, who starred on Broadway in the ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’, also received recognition from Whitbread Children’s Novel award winner Gillian Cross, author of ‘The Demon Headmaster’.

Library director Michael Lewington said: “We are very grateful to our highly skilled readers who volunteer their time to record our books which are enjoyed by our members across the country. This is reflected in the hundreds of thank you letters and emails we receive.”