Winston signs on for Brexit talk

Talented young British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter Winston Denerley ensured a political discussion in the region was fully available to deaf people.

The 18-year-old from Kirkcudbright interpreted at a function held at Dalswinton, near Dumfries, where the guest speaker was high-profile Conservative backbench MP and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Winston learned BSL at a young age as his father John Denerley has been profoundly deaf since birth.

As John, who runs the Galloway Conservation Centre, was particularly interested in the subject he was accompanied by Winston, who translated for the speakers in front of a 180-strong audience and during a Q and A session.

Winston is about to begin a four-year degree course on BSL at Heriot-Watt University and was glad to help out.

He said: "I mainly went along to translate for my dad but was able to make the event more inclusive by relaying what was being said  to everyone with an understanding of BSL.

"It was all good experience before I start at uni in Edinburgh."

With Scottish Parliament legislation now meaning the wider use of BSL at official events, Winston hopes to make translating and interpreting a long-term career.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who was on a short speaking tour in Scotland, spoke at length on Brexit and answered questions.

The afternoon tea event last Thursday was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Association.

Local constituency MP Alister Jack, who was in the chair, stated that whatever people's views on Brexit were it was always good to listen to the arguments first hand.

He said: "It was a very successful function held in the wonderful setting of the wedding venue marquee in the beautiful Dalswinton gardens.

"We are very grateful to Winston for providing BSL and wish him well with his studies. I'm sure he will have a bright future."



Winston Denerley, left, interprets Jacob Rees-Mogg's views for his dad John, right, as Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack looks on

A table group at the Dalswinton function enjoy an anecdote from guest speaker Jacob Rees-Mogg