Blindfold walk around King’s Lynn shows the dangers of street clutter

MP Henry Bellingham with Helen Sismore going on a blind walk around King's Lynn Town Centre. Picture

MP Henry Bellingham with Helen Sismore going on a blind walk around King's Lynn Town Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

A host of West Norfolk dignitaries took part in a blindfold walk to highlight the dangers faced by people with sight loss.

MP Henry Bellingham, council leader Nick Daubney and president of West Norfolk Chamber Heather Garrod were guided around King's Lynn to explore first-hand the challenges facing blind people in the town centre.

They were guided around such obstacles as cars parked on the pavement, advertising boards and scaffolding.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said: 'It was an extraordinary experience. I was behind a blindfold for 20 minutes and if I wasn't guided by the arm I would have bumped into quite a lot of things.

'It's given me a greater perception into the issues that blind people face, as originally I was quite dismissive as I thought shops have every reason to put advertising boards out.

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'But the A-boards are particularly hazardous as someone with a stick can push the stick under the board, not realising they are walking into it.'

All three dignitaries had 20 minutes behind a blindfold and were helped around the town centre by Guide Dog volunteers.

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The blindfold walk was to raise awareness for national Guide Dogs Week, which runs from today to Sunday, October 12.

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