Lions full of festive fun

Morpeth Lions Club President Geoff Bushell pours tea for two of the guests.
Morpeth Lions Club President Geoff Bushell pours tea for two of the guests.

ELDERLY residents from across Morpeth enjoyed a Christmas-themed afternoon of entertainment and food at a traditional event.

The annual Meet the Lions at the Riverside Lodge in High Stanners included live music, bingo and tea. Around 170 senior citizens attended.

Five students from Newcastle’s Sage Academy of Performing Arts sang a mixture of show songs and Christmas carols. This was followed by a delicious tea provided by the Lions’ Ladies.

Bingo was next and then Lou Coel sang some favourites before being joined on stage by the Lions Choir for the finale.

Compere for the afternoon was Lion Harry Cone, who used up his whole repertoire of jokes and one-liners. Dave Pope looked after the sound and played keyboard while the guests assembled and during the tea.

They were joined by Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt, who chatted to most of them during the event. She later gave a warm tribute to the Lions on the stage.

Morpeth Lions Club President Geoff Bushell thanked all those who made the afternoon a success. They also included the Guides for helping to serve tea, the Red Cross and Liz Durning, of the Riverside Lodge, for providing the room, crockery and staff to help.

Mr Bushell added: “It has been a magnificent effort by all concerned and the Lions really appreciate the efforts of all those giving up their time to help.

“There are also two Lions I would like to single out. These are Margaret Trewick in her first year as the event organiser and Harry Cone for compering the afternoon.”