Seahouses Probus Club chairman Bryan Crawford opened its latest meeting and reminded members that its annual lunch is to be held at the Mizen Head in October. Arrangements will be finalised at the club’s meeting in September.
Secretary Fraser Suffield introduced speaker Chris Hull, one of the club’s members, and he gave a talk about the mandrake plant, a close relative of deadly nightshade, an example of which can be found in the Alnwick Garden’s poisonous plant collection.
Its medicinal uses were described from its use by the Roman emperor Nero to ease his insomnia up to the modern day.
We were treated to a wonderful history of the alleviation of suffering, thanks to the discovery of the opium poppy and its use in the development of drugs for recreational use, dentistry and even in 2002 by the Russian military to end a siege at a Moscow theatre by Chechen hostage-takers.
A vote of thanks was given by Roger Howell and followed by enthusiastic applause.