DEAF people and those who care for them are invited to attend a free exhibition.

Following the success of a similar day last year, Durham County Council is hosting Spotlight on Deafness, one of the country's largest events focusing on deaf people's needs.

More than 2,500 people in the county are registered as deaf or hearing impaired, and the council is expecting a large attendance from service users and professionals.

The event, at County Hall, Durham, on Thursday, March 13, from 10am to 4pm, was organised after hundreds of people from across the region attended the last information day.

It will include a commercial exhibition showcasing the latest technology and equipment, and voluntary and statutory agencies will offer advice. There will also be a series of activities and demonstrations.

Anna Knighton, sponsorship officer with Durham social services, said: "The event is being promoted to social services clients, through deaf clubs, societies, and voluntary organisations, and to professionals in health and social care.

Anyone wanting to attend the event can contact Ms Knighton, on 0191-383 3326, or on the mini-com number 0191-383 3980.