Ruby celebration makes a night to remember for Lions

Morpeth Lions members pause whilst climbing the dunes at Druridge Bay with Lion DG John Sutherland front right.
Morpeth Lions members pause whilst climbing the dunes at Druridge Bay with Lion DG John Sutherland front right.

MORPETH Lions celebrated their 40th anniversary of the club with a Charter Dinner in the beautiful surroundings of Eshott Hall.

Being 40 years, the colour theme for the evening was ruby.

Lion President Simon Pringle was also keen to emphasise that he, along with a number of members, is Northumbrian.

With this in mind, the top table guests at the dinner were led in by Kim Bibby-Wilson and John Bibby on the Northumbrian pipes.

The top table guests included Lions District Governor John Sutherland and his wife Denise, the Mayor of Morpeth Mark Horton and President of Morpeth Rotarians Laurie Walker and his wife Tricia.

The neighbouring Lions clubs of Alnwick and Ponteland were present to give support to Morpeth Lions in their ruby year.

The ruby theme continued with 40 tombola prizes ensuring many present came away with a prize.

Lion President Simon thought he had planned everything, but on this occasion he was outwitted by Lion Les Sage who was due to propose a toast.

Unknown to virtually everyone present, Les had been to see the founder President David Smethhurst.

David lives in Longframlington nowadays, but was not in sufficient good health to attend the celebrations.

However, Les had recorded a message from David on his mobile phone and played it back over the sound system at the dinner.

This was much appreciated by those present.

The wonder is how Les managed the technology as he is the only Morpeth Lion without a computer and plans to keep it that way.

Entertainment was supplied by local duo Along Came Lola.

They ensured that the guests danced the night away to popular hits of recent years.

Several guests stayed at Eshott Hall overnight and joined in the morning after the night before walk and coffee.

This year the Sunday morning was glorious sunshine and little wind, which made for ideal conditions for a walk along Druridge Bay to clear any sore heads.

This was followed by coffee at the Widdrington Farm Shop and Restaurant, so making a perfect end to the celebrations.