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PUBLISHED: 09:13 04 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:13 04 March 2016

Observatory the Opticians optometrist Rene Moor with Colin Rutterford and Bill Jagger of the Blyth Valley Community Radio during a recent visit to the station. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Observatory the Opticians optometrist Rene Moor with Colin Rutterford and Bill Jagger of the Blyth Valley Community Radio during a recent visit to the station. Picture: SUPPLIED.

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A popular community radio station has expressed its gratitude to an opticians for its continued support.

Organisers of the Blyth Valley Community Radio said that without the long term financial support it receives from Observatory the Opticians – which has a practice in Southwold – and other similar supporters, it “wouldn’t survive.”

But thanks to the generous donations, the community radio station is continuing to thrive – as it plays an important and active role in the Southwold area, and surrounding communities such as Walberswick, Blythburgh, Reydon and Wangford.

The station does a lot of work providing vulnerable groups and individuals – such as the elderly, the unemployed, those with disabilities and young people – with regular and important information.

A key aspect of the station’s role is to stimulate community involvement in local issues of concern, which it does via a variety of methods such as on-air discussions and interviews. The station also offers training in all areas of radio broadcasting to a broad spectrum of the community including young people and local schools.

Bill Jagger, chairman of the station, said: “We are very much more than a station which provides entertainment, we are deeply involved within the local community. We provide a voice for many local people and groups to talk about issues affecting them. We work in partnership with local organisations and groups in a bid to make the area a better and safer place to live and work.

“However, if it wasn’t for our sponsors such as Observatory the Opticians, who have supported us for several years now we simply wouldn’t survive. We are an important community asset and I would like to give my sincere thanks to Observatory the Opticians for its vital support.”

Jacqui Sayer, practice manager at Observatory the Opticians, said: “We are very much a community minded business and we understand the important role the station plays within the area.

“The station provides so much useful information on local matters and we are delighted to continue our support.”

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