Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club


             President 2016 - 2017 Malcolm Loveland.



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Visit of Mayor and Mayoress at Lunch Meeting May 15th 2017


         Photos by Rtn Alan Spinks

Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club enjoyed and interesting and humorous talk given by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Malcolm Bird, who gave an outline of his many visits and events, he attended during his year of office.  The visits amounted to approximately 450 and frequently it would be four per day!   It is amazing how he kept his sense of humour, particularly telling us about his welcome to a group of cyclists who travelled from Wales through the night intending to arrive in Great Yarmouth between 7 and 8 a.m.  In fact the mayor was awakened at 5.45a.m. to say the cyclists were about to arrive.  He managed to greet them at 6.10 a.m. when they went to have breakfast, washed down with quantities of beer!  They raised some 15,000 for charity.

On another occasion the mayor and his wife were invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace together with some 8,500 other guests only to bump into the Principal of Great Yarmouth College for a chat about education and training in our area.

On another occasion the Mayor made and official visit to Ramboullet, twinned with Great Yarmouth.  It should have been a straight forward event flying from Norwich Airport to Paris unfortunately due to several delays they arrived some four hours late to meet the Vice President of France, who was not amused!

The mayor was very impressed with the technical developments taking place in Great Yarmouth, from the most modern commercial laundry in Europe which is controlled electronically from Spain, to the large Norwegian supply ship with 9 decks containing 40 suites for the crew, again, the ship totally controlled by electronics.

The Mayor concluded with reference to his two chosen Charities, Autism with its centre on Harfreys Estate and Palliative  Care East.  The Club presented a cheque to the Mayor to go towards these charities.  John Westgate thanked the Mayor and his wife Donna for attending our Club and asked the members to thank him for a most entertaining talk.


Updated: 16/05/2017



The club meets every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at  The Burlington Palm Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth at 1.00 p.m. 


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