In safe hands

The Lord Provost of Glasgow samples life without sight as part of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association's Safer Streets campaign.

The charity persuaded 120 mayors, provosts - the equivalent of mayors in Scotland - and council chairmen to walk blindfold to raise awareness of the problems caused by street obstacles such as hedges, bollards, cafe chairs and holes in the pavement to the 1.4 million blind and partially sighted people in the UK. Safer Streets, which launched last week, follows a similar initiative in 2002. Spokesman Chris Dyson said: "After last year's campaign, some local authorities said they would use their legal powers to enforce the removal of overhanging branches. When people didn't comply, they cut them down and forwarded a bill for their work."

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