Lions lay on a treat

(L-R) Mayoress Joan Taylor, Len Russell (oldest gentleman), Lily Valentine (oldest lady) and Mayor, Coun Phil Taylor.

(L-R) Mayoress Joan Taylor, Len Russell (oldest gentleman), Lily Valentine (oldest lady) and Mayor, Coun Phil Taylor.

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ALMOST 200 elderly and disabled people enjoyed a pre-Christmas treat at the annual Meet the Lions event.

The popular fixture, which took place at Riverside Lodge, was organised by members of the town’s Lions club to provide entertainment and refreshments for the community.

Club President Dave Wheeler greeted the guests and Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor called in to lend his support and thank the Lions for their efforts.

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea, bingo and music, with entertainment provided by Master of Ceremonies David Livesey, KEVI Community Jazz Band, singer Rebecca Megwa and Morpeth Theatre Group.

There was an early Christmas box of sweets for each of the attendees, while special gifts were presented to the oldest man and woman in the room, 93-year-old Len Russell and 99-year-old Lily Valentine.

Mr Wheeler said: “This event could not happen without a lot of hard work and co-operation from so many people.

“We are grateful to Liz and Bill Durning for allowing the use of their premises and crockery, plus their very helpful staff, to the entertainers for all the pleasure they have given, to the Lions ladies for the wonderful food everyone has enjoyed and for setting out the tables, to British Red Cross for being on hand in case of an emergency, and finally, to Lion Robin Cooper for being the main organiser of Meet the Lions.”