Michael Forster, left, with Borough Mayor Barry Ayres. Picture: Tony Jones

A long-time supporter and volunteer with  a talking newspaper has been honoured as he stands down.

Michael Forster, who received the MBE for his voluntary and charity work, received a decanter from West Norfolk Mayor Barry Ayres.

The presentation was made during the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind’s annual volunteers coffee morning.

The charity, which has offices at Bergen Way, North Lynn, where the King’s Lynn Talking Newspaper Association records its editions.

Mr Forster is standing down after 23 years as chairman with the talking newspaper which was taken over by the community group in 1991 having been previously run by the town’s Lions Club.

His wife June, who has been a committee member since the start, was presented with a basket of flowers.

Mr Forster was instrumental in obtaining National Lottery funding to buy the original recording and copying equipment; overseeing the amalgamation of the Downham and Hunstanton talking newspapers and moving into the digital era with the paper distributed on memory sticks with all listeners receiving players.