How a four-legged friend changes lives

Darren crosses the road at Sunnybar with Ben and Nola. Picture: Marie Caley D3056MC
Darren crosses the road at Sunnybar with Ben and Nola. Picture: Marie Caley D3056MC

GUIDE dogs are a common enough sight on our streets - but what’s it like to totally place your trust in a four-legged friend?

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Guide Dogs for the Blind assocation, features editor DARREN BURKE was given a taste of daily life for thousands of blind and partially sighted people in the UK by daring to take to the streets blindfolded...

Darren takes a stroll down Market Street with Ben and Nola. Picture: Marie Caley D3054MC

Darren takes a stroll down Market Street with Ben and Nola. Picture: Marie Caley D3054MC

Darren Burke, pictured with guide dog Nola and Ben Drury. Picture: Marie Caley D3059MC

Darren Burke, pictured with guide dog Nola and Ben Drury. Picture: Marie Caley D3059MC