WITH more than 70 years’ service between them, members of Craven Cassette’s ‘Dalesman’ reading team have switched off their microphones for the last time.

Janet Smith and Peter Horner, who both live in Embsay, and Marcus Catling of Skipton, can clock up 59 years reading the magazine as part of Craven Cassette, the talking newspaper.

Their retirement and the relocation of Editor, Liz McCarthy, meant that the November issue was the last for the group which has also benefitted from the help of other readers over the years.

Gill Roberts, the most recent member, hopes to continue reading for Craven Cassette but Chairman, Richard Breare said the disbanding of the team would leave a real gap which he was aiming to fill.

"I'm looking for someone with good humour around the issues that crop up in Dalesman. The person needs to be able to master the basics of a computer which links to the microphone for the digital recording."

Craven Cassette also provides an audio version of The Craven Herald every week which is sent to listeners all around the country free of charge.

Richard wants to hear from people who would benefit from the service and urges them to contact him on 01756 794298 or email r.breare@btopenworld.com .