Somerset stages disability exhibition

A Somerset disability exhibition is taking place to promote independent living and disability awareness throughout the county and South West.

Thursday's exhibition at Sedgemoor Auction Centre is thought to be the county's first major disability event.

The event's organisers, Compass Disability Services, said they hoped to "gain a snapshot of opinion on disability-related issues in Somerset".

Activities and demonstrations are being held throughout the day.

'Hard to reach'

Richard Pitman, chief executive officer for Compass Disability Services, said: "These things always happen in places like London so it has always been an ambition to have something in Somerset.

"It's about getting out there and getting that information to local people."

Greg Jackson, from Compass Disability Services, said: "Somerset is a very rural county and some people are hard to reach.

"We're asking people what they think are the best things and the worst things about living in Somerset.

"We've already had people commenting on the problems of accessibility and public transport in living in rural areas."

The organisers were expecting about 1,500 people to attend the event.

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