RAFFLE: Contributions appreciated

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The tradition that Morpeth Lions ‘bring out the barrow’ on Morpeth Fair Day continued this year.

A wheelbarrow loaded with groceries and a little alcohol is raffled on the day.

The Lions promise to deliver the wheelbarrow and its contents to the prize winner’s home.

Many of those participating came from diverse parts of the country.

Nevertheless, we were able to confirm that the club would be delighted to honour the promise as members are often visiting other areas.

We would have been in difficulty regarding one visitor from Australia, but luckily (for us) she was unsuccessful.

As it happened, the delivery was much more local as the lucky winner came from Ashington.

While the weather could have been better, £606.10 was raised to help local charities.

In addition, Alison Starkey and friends provided a face-painting service in the Lions’ tent that had queues throughout the day.

Alison has donated her profits to the Northumbrian Gathering that celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

Lions Mike Nicholson and John Gray, who organised the barrow event, are grateful to everyone who visited our stall and the wheelbarrow, and know that their contributions will be appreciated by the numerous local organisations that we support.

Thank you also to Morpeth Chamber of Trade, whose hard work organising Fair Day has brought so much benefit and enjoyment to the town.

Ian Brown

President

Morpeth Lions Club