A performer has returned to her hometown of Bury with the intention of raising money for people with vision problems and other good causes.
Katie Lee Carpenter has sung professionally since 1966 in clubs and bars and now intends to use her talent to help raise funds for charities.
She was born partially sighted and became totally blind at the age of 16, but nevertheless became well known on the local show business circuit, the Bury Times reports.
Ms Carpenter moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne eight years ago but is looking to revive her career on the local circuit and help out worthy causes in the process.
"Performing for charity will allow me to do what I love and raise money at the same time. I really want to help other people and give something back to the town," she told the newspaper.
The news follows the participation of Mark Pollock in the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole race - making him the first blind man to reach the South Pole on foot.
by Alexa Kaczka