Seahouses and District Rotary Club

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Dr Jack Dineley, Seahouses Rotary Club’s senior member, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday was the speaker at their meeting in the Olde Ship Hotel.

Jack’s own father was the subject of his talk and he recounted in vivid detail episodes in his amazing life.

These included tales of his early childhood in Manchester born into a poor family, of his work as a taxi driver which required him to rent a taxi because he could not afford to buy one himself, of his time in the army, first as a recruit and than as a regular, stationed in Cologne which lasted for some years before he was persuaded to return to civilian life back in his home town.

He also served in the police force and was instrumental in exposing irregularities in the conduct of the then Mayor resulting in his resignation.

In the course of his talk, Jack shared his memories of extraordinary relationships and incidents too detailed to record here, to a fascinated audience of members and visitors.

The club held a very successful annual fete and car boot sale on Easter Monday in the Sports and Community Centre. The event is the main fund raiser for the year and enables the club to donate to local, national and international charities. Local businesses gave generously providing a wide variety of desirable prizes for the raffle. Excellent refreshments were served while the crowds played tombola and splat the rat. The scouts had a large stall in aid of their project in Botswana.

Cakes aplenty, bric a brac and books made for an exciting bargain hunt for visitors and locals who generously supported the event.

Rotarians and partners joined together to celebrate over a delightful evening meal in the Bamburgh Castle.

Visitors are always welcome at Rotary weekly meetings in the Olde Ship. Contact Margaret Claydon 720472 or Kelvin Rushworth at kelvinrotary@hotmail.co.uk