A feast of festive entertainment

Morpeth Lions President Stuart Lewis pours tea for the guests.
Morpeth Lions President Stuart Lewis pours tea for the guests.
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Around 170 senior citizens in Morpeth enjoyed the annual Meet the Lions event, which recently took place at the Riverside Lodge in High Stanners.

Those attending the Christmas party, organised by club members, were entertained by Dave Pope on the keyboard while they assembled and during tea.

Before tea, folk singer Anita sang beautifully to an appreciative audience.

Following the tea and bingo, local man Ernie Coe had everyone in stitches with his tales and jokes based on Scots Gap, the Coquet Valley and local hospitals.

The guests were joined by Morpeth Mayor Nic Best and Mayoress Mrs Joan Howard.

Morpeth Lions President Stuart Lewis thanked all the people and organisations who made the afternoon a success.

They included the entertainers, the Guides for helping serve tea, the Red Cross, the Lions’ wives and partners for providing the food and Liz and Bill Durning of Riverside Lodge for providing the room, crockery and staff to help.

Mr Lewis said: “It has been a magnificent effort by all concerned and in particular by event organiser Lion Margaret Trewick and Harry Cone for compering the afternoon.”

Coun Best also addressed those present at the event. He gave a warm tribute to the Lions, in particular for the work members do in the town.

Referring to the guests, Coun Best said while the town council has recently published information on the treasures kept in the Town Hall, the real treasures of Morpeth were the audience.

l It was a case of ‘good to see you again’ when Pegswood Community Fire Station manager Darren Nelson called in at a recent club meeting. Fortunately, it was not an emergency that had brought him to the meeting – in fact more the reverse.

Earlier this year, the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service held an open day at the Pegswood station. This had previously happened two years ago and the amount raised benefited a regional charity.

When deciding which organisation should be this year’s recipient, memories went back to the service’s involvement in the 2008 floods in Morpeth and surrounding areas and the aftermath.

He said: “While we were in contact with many community groups, the work undertaken then and now by Morpeth Lions Club greatly impressed us.

“We wanted to acknowledge this by donating the open day proceeds to the club.

“The day itself may have had mixed weather, but a great time was had by all attending, with a brass band and a Highland band adding to the atmosphere.

“We are delighted to be able to donate a cheque for £550 to the club.”

In response, Lions President Stuart Lewis said: “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank you and your colleagues for your wonderful generosity and congratulate you on organising such a successful event.

“You can be assured that your contribution will be well used for the benefit of the community we both serve.”