Ian’s 17 years of helping the blind

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The volunteer leader of Garstang’s social group for blind and partially sighted people has stepped down from the post after 17 years.

Ian Allan, a former civil servant, volunteered for the post in 1993. He has been at the helm of the Garstang branch of the Galloway Society for the Blind since then, before retiring earlier this month.

Mr Allan, of Hawthorn Avenue, Garstang, has helped run the weekly meetings, currently held at Oak Road Community Centre, and become a good friend to the 20 or so blind and partially sighted people who attend.

He said he first heard about the role when he attended a volunteers’ fair at Lancaster, and was introduced to the group then.

As a mark of ongoing friendship between Mr Allan and the group, he was presented with a print of the Royal Oak Hotel, Garstang, by local artist Alan Cavanagh.

The blind and partially-sighted group has seen various incarnations and names since being founded in the 1960s.

When Mr Alan became involved it has about six members. Now it has around 20. The group is to continue under a team leadership, and will be meeting on a fortnightly basis in the new year.

l Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Mrs Lorna Musgrave on 01995 605170.