Clubs reap rewards after diving into swim

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Morpeth Lions Club

Morpeth’s Riverside Lodge was the venue to recognise the representatives of the 21 teams who recently took part in the Lions’ Charity Swim, raising money for local clubs and charities.

Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard was on hand to present the prizes and sponsorship money cheques — the proceeds of the teams’ efforts.

A magnificent total of £4,065 was raised by the teams taking part, with the proceeds split between various charities and the participating organisations.

For the second year running, the Mayor’s team won the Dick Gee Memorial Trophy for raising the most sponsorship money, with the Early Birds coming a close second.

Edward Syndercombe’s King Edward VI School and Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club team won the George Bell Memorial Trophy for the most lengths swum in the allocated 55 minutes, with an impressive record equalling 217 lengths.

This was all the more remarkable as, for the first year, swimmers were not allowed to dive in at the start of a length.

The presentation was compered by Lion Les Brindley, who organises the charity swim, and Lion Vice President Chris Offord.

They thanked all of the teams for taking part, as well as Active Northumberland for the use of the pool, the 24 event sponsors, and Liz and Bill at the Riverside Lodge for making the concert room available for the event.