Bridport Town Hall Packed Out to See Kate Adie Celebrate Local Readers
10:58am 12th March 2014
(Updated 11:03am 12th March 2014)
Bridport's Town Hall was packed tightly as a famous War Correspondant congratulated locals who've learnt to read.
Kate Adie's the Patron of Read Easy Bridport, a charity who provide free one-to-one tuition for adults.
She attended their busy graduation ceremony yesterday evening (11th of March) to hand out certificates and congratulate locals who've learnt with the voluntary body.
Christian Tyler, Chairman of Read Easy Bridport, says it's estimated nationally one in five adults struggle with day-to-day reading which, with a population of around 12,000 adults in Bridport, that's between 2,000 - 2,500 people who may have difficulties reading in Bridport.
Wessex FM spoke to Kate Adie after the ceremony about why she had chosen to get involved with a group such as Read Easy, "It's such a private sense of failure in some people (not being able to read), a sense that they missed out and they can't seem to catch up and they don't know how to, and this is where Read Easy comes in. I'd love to give more people to chance to come and say 'Gosh, I've decided I really want to do it.' "
Kate has travelled the world with her work and now lives in a Dorset village, she spoke to us about the importance of learning to read, "Looking out of the window now in Bridport- I'm looking a shop signs, I'm looking at road signs which tell you important things, I'm looking at a street sign which has to be read to tell you where you are- I mean life must be quite empty if you can't fill it with words."
You can find out more about Read Easy at www.readeasy.org.uk.