Lions lodge their gratitude


A MORPETH business has been recognised by a town community group for helping it to support those in need.

Riverside Lodge in High Stanners was the intended venue for Morpeth Lions Club’s annual Meet the Lions event for elderly and disabled people in 2008.

It was a victim of the September 6 floods and it took many months of refurbishment before it re-opened.

But the venue remained keen to play host to the event.

And as it was able to do so in November, the club has presented it with a framed Certificate of Appreciation.

Meet the Lions organiser Robin Cooper said: “Riverside Lodge was as disappointed as we were that the event could not take place in this ideally located venue.

“But the Directors Bill and Liz Durning stressed that they would hope to host the event in the future.

“Last year we were able to take up this kind offer and the 200 elderly and disabled people who attended were most impressed by the facilities.

“Mr and Mrs Durning and their staff could not have been more co-operative and they also allowed us to use their premises to wrap Christmas parcels for many local needy children.”

Mrs Durning said: “Morpeth Lions Club does such a lot in our community and we were delighted to be able to help them provide a Christmas treat for the elderly and disabled people who attended.”