The Davy Duff Tape Service

Do you know someone who could benefit from the Davy Duff Tape Service?

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Davy Duff receiving a donation from two Police Officers


If you know somebody who is blind or visually impaired, who would love to read the Northern Times but can’t due to eyesight difficulties then you may be interested to learn about the Davy Duff Tape Service…

The Davy Duff Tape Service is a charity based in Golspie. It was set up in 1986 by Davy Duff, a talented musician and member of Colorado Country and Western Band. Davy became blind in the 1980’s and decided to set up the tape service, run from a room in his house, to record the Northern Times each week for blind and visually impaired people throughout the north.

Sadly, Davy died in 1989. After this his family and friends decided to continue this service and began fund raising to buy all the equipment needed, and to find permanent premises.  Thanks to Colorado who donated the proceeds of a DVD, and the generosity of their fans who helped fundraise throughout the UK, a permanent studio was opened in Golspie in 1991.


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Volunteers reading the Northern Times

The charity has just launched a campaign to promote their service as they believe that there must be many more people living in Sutherland and perhaps beyond who could benefit from what they can offer.

Isobel Calderwood has been a recipient of the tape service since 1993. Commenting on how important the service is to her, she said: “I’d like to say thank you to all the readers and recorders who volunteer with the Tape Service. I love hearing the human voice on the memory stick. I get all the local news and am sometimes able to pass on information to others – things that they have missed reading. I really miss it if for any reason it is not delivered.”

Jean Simpson who has also been listening to the tape service for years added: “I really enjoy getting the Northern Times on a memory stick each week, as I get all the local news. I like to know what is going on round about Sutherland. I like the “old files: ‘Food for Thought’ and the public notices. It makes such a difference to someone who is virtually housebound. I look forward to it arriving each week.”

Janet Pool, one of the volunteers who is recorded reading the paper commented: “When I heard about the Tape Service I decided to volunteer as I like reading aloud, I like to know what is going on and most of all I knew I would be helping other people who cannot see to read the paper themselves. It is very satisfying.”

Anne Barclay, one of the Trustee’s of the Davy Duff Tape Service said, “I have been involved with the Tape Service since the start because I was a friend of Davy’s and I also had a close friend who was blind from the age of eleven. After Davy died those of us who were already involved decided to carry on, raise funds, and set up a small studio. It is very satisfying to be able to read and help run this service, but it would not be possible without the help of all the readers, recorders and other volunteers. We would also like to make this service more widely known. We are here to help. Please make use of us.”


What does the Davy Duff Tape Service do?

We provide the Northern Times on memory stick each week.

We loan memory stick players to those who need them.

We give a totally free service for the blind and visually impaired.


How is this possible?

Postage is free from the Postal Service.

Readers and recorders are volunteers.

Donations come in from the public.

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Memory sticks are sent out in yellow plastic wallets each Friday morning. Packs are provided to send the memory sticks back.


If you know of anyone who could benefit from this service please contact:

Mary Nicol on 01408634442   email:-

or Anne Barclay on 01408633405 email:-

Names and addresses of recipients are used only by the Tape Service and for no other purpose.