AROUND 70 members of Morpeth Rotary Club and guests gathered at Morpeth Golf Club for David Richardson’s President’s Night, arranged by President Elect Laurie Walker.
There were invitations to Rotary District officers and Presidents of neighbouring Rotary and other service clubs, along with wives and partners.
The Morpeth President was fresh from directing The Wizard of Oz to rave reviews in Rothbury and he invited a number of cast members to attend and to perform as the entertainment.
The golf club caterers laid on a splendid meal of melon and orange with port, loin of pork in a mustard and herb crust with caramelised apple and Italian bacon pieces, vegetables and potato followed by profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce and the usual tea, coffee and mints.
The principal guest and speaker was Tony Wortman, District Governor of Rotary North East District 1030. He presented a witty toast to the audience.
President Richardson replied and summarised a busy and successful year. Achievements included four new members, with the historic breakthrough of the first woman member in the history of Morpeth Rotary. Rhona Dunn was pleased to take a bow.
A rousing bilingual toast in Northumbrian and English was made to the guests by Morpeth Gadgie Alex Swailes. He later played the role of the Beadle in an extract from Oliver, starring a talented young man from Coquetdale in a moving rendition of Where is love?
Members and guests were shocked when Mr Wortman turned white and collapsed just after the start of the entertainment and medical attention had to be called.
Thankfully, he later pulled round and was taken to be checked at the accident and emergency hospital near to his home in Seaburn. He was pronounced sound and well and rang on the following day to say that he hoped he had not spoilt the evening and wished the club well.
In the spirit of ‘the show must go on’, the entertainers, including David and his wife Wendy, moved to the bar. To the surprise and delight of golf club visitors and staff, they continued with the excellent pieces of musical drama they had been rehearsing for many weeks.