Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse taken on blindfolded city centre tour as part of World Sight Day

PUBLISHED: 14:34 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 09 October 2017

Members of the Lions Club of Littleport

Members of the Lions Club of Littleport

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As part of World Sight Day, the deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse was taken on a tour of the city on Thursday – whilst blindfolded.

Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse with members of Fen Probe. Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse with members of Fen Probe.

With the help of two members of the Lions Club of Littleport, he was escorted and guided around the city centre.

Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse with a representative of the Blind Veterans charity. Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse with a representative of the Blind Veterans charity.

He said: “The guides helped me to identify and avoid various obstacles. Thanks to Warren, of Camsight, for the loan of the stick, but I would have been terrified without guides.

Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse taken on blindfolded city centre tour as part of World Sight Day Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse taken on blindfolded city centre tour as part of World Sight Day

“Special thanks to young photographer Harriet Stares who went with us and took the photographs.”

Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse taken on blindfolded city centre tour as part of World Sight Day Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse taken on blindfolded city centre tour as part of World Sight Day

The event was supported by Ely family business Wade’s Optometrists, Camsight, Fen Probe and Blind Veterans. Each organisation took part received cheques for £50 each from the Lions Club of Littleport.

Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse with a representative of the Camsight charity. Deputy mayor of Ely Councillor Michael Rouse with a representative of the Camsight charity.

“All these organisations are seeking volunteers to help with their work,” added Cllr Rouse.

“Thanks to Lions David and Jenny Ellis for the invitation and organising the event and their team of helpers.”

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