Lions take to the water

Former Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor and Mayoress Joan Taylor with Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler and Lion Les Brindley are pictured alongside some of the LionSwim 2012 swimmers.
Former Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor and Mayoress Joan Taylor with Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler and Lion Les Brindley are pictured alongside some of the LionSwim 2012 swimmers.
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AT one of the last civic duties of his Mayoral year, former town Mayor Phil Taylor hosted a reception for Morpeth Lions Club’s LionSwim participants.

The reception took place in the Town Hall and team representatives received their share of almost £4,000 raised. In addition, trophies were presented by Brenda Bell and Agnes Gee to the Early Birds and Swimming Club teams in respect of most sponsorship raised and the most laps swum.

LionSwim is an event where teams swim for 55 minutes and raise sponsorship funds for their organisations or charities. The Lions Club has organised this for 20 years and many thousands of pounds has been collected in that time.

Coun Taylor said: “It is a great pleasure seeing so many people of all ages taking part in this happy event.

“I know the money you have raised will help your organisations as they make a valuable contribution to the community.

“Having witnessed this enthusiasm, it was good to see a town council team again this year who thoroughly enjoyed their time in the water.

“I would also like to thank Morpeth Lions Club for organising the event. I have been greatly encouraged to witness over many years the work you and similar organisations undertake for the benefit of the area.”

In response, Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler thanked the Mayor for hosting the presentation evening and supporting the Lions Club on many occasions.

He also expressed the club’s gratitude to the Riverside Leisure Centre and its staff for their invaluable assistance.

Finally, he praised Lion Les Brindley for all the work involved in organising the LionSwim.