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Bristol's lesbian and gay switchboard to close city operation

Bristol's Lesbian and Gay Switchboard is to close its city operation because of a shortage of volunteers.

Organisers say fewer people have been ringing the helpline, which has been running for 37 years.

A spokesman said at present it was only possible to run the helpline two days a week.

It is hoped from March calls to the switchboard number will still be answered but by a similar service based in London.

That is due to run from 10:00 to 23:00 daily.

The Bristol service started running in 1975 from a private address before moving to its own premises.

In latter years the calls have been answered from volunteers' homes.

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