The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell praised an 87 year-old volunteer for his “outstanding contribution” to the Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper.

The Epsom charity sends free weekly recordings of news and magazine articles to blind and visually impaired people in the area.

Councillor Neil Dallen and his wife Ann were among a dozen people to gather around a Christmas buffet to celebrate the charity and congratulate Ian Tennant for his two decades of service, after he stepped down from his role as magazine editor this month.

The Mayor also presented Mr Tennant with a framed and officially signed award, recognising his outstanding contribution to The Talking Newspaper.

Judy Sarssam, chairman of the Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, said: “I feel sad that Ian has now hung up the scissors, pens and microphones.

“He will be much missed by us all and the listeners who have a real affection for him. We thank him for so many years of loyal dedication and wish him a very happy and long retirement.

Happy Christmas to everybody from us all.”

Eamon McNamee from Central Surrey Voluntary Action, attended the event and told guests that Mr Tennant’s dedication to the charity earned him the respect of listeners and volunteer.

He added that the role had required hours of regular studio time but an enormous amount of time at home preparing the newspaper.