34 years of service to the blind

Pat Bowler retires from Ilkeston talking newspaper after 33 years.
Pat Bowler retires from Ilkeston talking newspaper after 33 years.

A dedicated Ilkeston woman has hung up her headphones after more than 30 years of service to Ilkeston’s talking newspaper.

Pat Bowler, of Spinney Road, started recording audio versions of the Ilkeston Advertiser on to tape for blind and partially-sighted townsfolk back in 1979.

The small group of volunteers grew and grew explained Pat, now in her 80s, who is 
retiring to spend more time with her husband.

“It’s sad to go because we really got along well with each other,” she said.

She said increased numbers of radio shows and internet services have lessened demand over the years, but dozens of tapes are still sent out each week.

Fellow founder member of the Ilkeston talking newspaper Joy Marshall said Pat would be missed.

“It’s a shame,” she said.

“We have been together for years. She’s a stalwart.”