Star proves to be popular read – even in The Gambia

Men in Gambia wearing their Norfolk Arms football strips and holding copies of The Star

Men in Gambia wearing their Norfolk Arms football strips and holding copies of The Star

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From the printing presses of South Yorkshire to the dusty streets of Africa – The Star has made quite a journey.

These pictures show people in The Gambia reading copies of the paper, shipped over there by Chapeltown couple David and Lynda Chambers.

A local in Gambia with his copy of The Star

A local in Gambia with his copy of The Star

The couple, both in their 60s, spend about three months a year in an area called Kessering, working with communities and taking over donations.

David, who runs Chapeltown Aerials, said: “The Star provided us with a lot of newspapers which we took out in a container, so The Star did travel all that way.

“It’s reading material for the people out there – they welcome anything like that.”

David and Lynda started visiting The Gambia about 30 years ago.

Lynda, who has asthma, said: “We go most winters because I can breathe out there a lot better than I can in Sheffield.

“We have a compound out there and we have an African family that live and work with us.”

David said: “We love the Gambian people. They’re like it used to be in the olden days when I was growing up and everyone trusted everybody.”

The couple also build wells in the villages surrounding Kessering and their main aim is to build a school. Their three sons and 14 grandchildren all back the work and many have been to see for themselves.

David and Lynda are appealing for donations to help crates full of books, pens, clothes, glasses, wheelchairs, cutlery and furniture.

David said: “We have two rooms are just full of stuff that we can’t take out because we just can’t afford the space.”

* Visit www.schools4gambia.co.uk to find out more and make a donation.

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