Through Access Fylde Coast’s partnership with Co-sign we were delighted to have been able to make Lytham Festival even more accessible for everyone.
Tony Redshaw, from Co-sign, provided British Sign Language Translation every night of the festival – and got quite a name for himself, even trending on Twitter.
Tony, who first learned to sign after seeing two people signing and became intrigued, then went on to learn sign language – and spent the next 8 years honing the skill.
Tony, a former painter and decorator, is now a BSL interpreter and lip reader, and has said that signing for Kylie Minogue was one of the highlights of his career so far.
Alongside a BSL translator, Access Fylde Coast also provided a Mobiloo, which was used by more than 100 people throughout the festival.
Carol Kyle, of Co-Sign, which provided the storming success signer Tony Redshaw for Lytham Festival, says: “As the hugely positive response from Lytham Festival showed, having a BSL Interpreter makes such a difference to the experience to those in the Deaf community.
“Improvements have been made in the past few years and there is an increase in awareness for the need for BSL to make events fully inclusive, but there is still a long way to go.
“So, we are pleased to be working in partnership with Access Fylde Coast to continue to enhance accessibility at events across the Fylde Coast.”
Holly Whittaker, project manager for Access Fylde Coast, adds: “Making an event as accessible as possible, people rave about it and also perceptions of disability are positively challenged.
“And rightly so, in this day in age we should be making events accessible for everyone, so that everyone no matter whether they have a physical, sensory, mental health or learning disabilities can have an amazing experience and enjoy themselves.”
Access Fylde Coast is committed to enhancing exisiting events across the Fylde Coast as well as creating new events, which are accessible for all and help to challenge the preconceptions of disability through featuring high-profile disabled performers.
More Events FEATURING BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION
September 7th – The British Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale ensemble of professional disabled musicians, who have played alongside Coldplay and at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics, are coming to the North West with their latest piece, The Nature of Why.
September 8th – An Evening of Comedy featuring BGT runner-up Robert White with fellow comedians Aaron Simmonds and Jamie MacDonald.
October 12th – Evelyn Glennie, the double GRAMMY award-winning Virtuoso percussionist, who is also profoundly deaf.
For more information on Access Fylde’s Coasts events, which include British Sign Language Translation, see Here