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'Theatrical' signed tours of Windsor for deaf people

'Theatrical' signed tours of Windsor for deaf people

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Francis Batt

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'Theatrical' signed tours of Windsor for deaf people

An experienced guide plans to bring the beauties of Windsor to life for previously excluded fans of the town.

Bobbie Latter, 51, of St Luke's Road, Old Windsor, has teamed up with fellow sign language student Emma Taylor and fellow Blue Badge guide Debbie Keenan to run guided tours of Windsor in sign language.

Bobbie said: "My father worked in signalling when he was in the navy and it led to him becoming interested in sign language. He passed that interest onto me and now I'm studying it."

The tour is free and Bobbie said: "I think it will be the first time an official town walk has been conducted in sign language. Those taking part will learn how Windsor got its name, the history of the castle and town, about the traditions, soldiers and the household division, kings and queens who have lived in the castle, ghosts who haunt the area, famous writers and architects and funny stories.

"You can't 'sign' for every word. But you can create a picture in peoples' heads. It is quite theatrical."

The first tour is on Monday at 11am starting at the Tourist Information Centre.

E-mail bobbie@rendezvousguides.co.uk or text 07770 933117 to book.

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