Morpeth Lions Club
For many years Morpeth Lions Club has sought out means of adding to the general education of its members.
These educational visits have included visiting sites of historic interest, the Falkirk Wheel, lead mines in Weardale, the salmon ladder at Pitlochry, and a racing stable in North Yorkshire, to name but a few.
There is, however, a common link due to the fact that these visits can be of some distance and involve hiring a mini bus. That link is the brewing or tasting of beer.
Morpeth members acknowledge that they are getting no younger and because of this, the retention of details relating to the brewing of beer or the distilling of whisky needs to be replenished on an annual basis.
This year, Lion Harry Cone arranged a visit to the Royal Armouries at Leeds.
For many attending this was their first visit, and probably will not be the last.
Currently, there is a topical display backed by film commemorating the Battle of Waterloo that took place 200 years ago.
In addition there were excellent displays relating to weaponry and armour throughout the world and covering many centuries.
There was also action with two members of the museum staff demonstrating double-handed sword-fighting from the 14th Century.
The two hours spent there provided a marvellous taster of the Armouries and took the Lion members nicely up to lunchtime.
Harry, however, never loses sight of the liquid aspects of education and nearby was a well-stocked real ale public house that served good food.
The rest of the day was spent at a leisurely pace, returning to Morpeth via Wetherby, Thirsk and Murton, where members were able to avoid dehydration and hunger on a very sunny day. None, however, was the worse for wear.
Arriving back in Morpeth some 13-and-a-half hours after leaving, the Lions expressed their gratitude to Harry for organising the day and to Lion Les Sage, the ever -reliable driver.