Eighty-year-old Maurice Goodwin celebrated his 80th birthday by talking about living with dyslexia and achieving an English qualification at the age of 78.
Before his on air interview on BBC Radio Newcastle, Maurice, who lives in Wallsend, was presented with a birthday cake to mark the occasion.
Maurice told presenter Jonathan Miles: “It was hard at times to keep going to get my Level 2 English qualification at the age of 78.”
Suzanne McGregor, his dyslexia tutor, added: “I feel very honoured to be interviewed with Maurice as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the problems dyslexia causes with reading and writing – skills many people take for granted.”
Anyone, who lives in the north east with dyslexia can find support at www.dyslexianortheast.org or by calling 07868 263696.