Seahouses and District Rotary Club

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FULL HOUSE: Members of the Seahouses and District Rotary Club were joined by friends from the Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth to provide a full house at the Olde Ship Hotel for the second part of a talk about a trek in the Himalayas by past president and Paul Harris Fellow Don Lidgley.

The story continued from the point of going through the pass at over 17,000 feet.

Don read extracts from his journal, written at the time, which movingly described his painful struggle with the physical effort to get through the eighteen hour day and using the heavy photographic equipment of the day to record the scenery, as he went along.

The result was a magnificent record of snow-clad peaks and deep valleys with wonderful sunsets. On the lower slopes, there was some land cultivation where most transport was on foot or by mule.

Don was one of the oldest members of the group and he was pleased to have overcome minor health problems to complete the three week trek over more than 200 miles and to be able to entertain his Rotarian friends with an epic tale of his adventure, over 20 years later.

President Stuart and Jennifer Walton with many Seahouses Rotarians joined over 60 Rotarians and their guests from across the North East at a farewell meal for the Rotary Foundation-funded Group Study Exchange Team from Brazil.

GSE team leader, lawyer Elias Neto, and his team of non-Rotarian young professionals, teacher Elvio do Nascimento, civil engineer Denise Carvalho, hotel events manager Daiane de Matos and prison social worker Leniane Facci, were thrilled and excited to share the magical experience of the illuminated Grand Cascade whilst enjoying their meal in the Pavilion at Alnwick Garden, commenting that only Harry Potter was missing.