The Rotary Club of Northallerton celebrated the 76th anniversary of the formation of the club with a black tie dinner in the Yorkshire Suite of the Golden Lion Hotel in Northallerton.

Guests came from across Yorkshire and County Durham, including the district governor of Rotary in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, and the mayor of Northallerton.

The guest speaker was Baroness Angela Harris of Richmond, who told some amusing anecdotes about her experiences in the House of Lords over many years.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top table guests, front, from left, Helen Ison, Joan Phillips, Baroness Harris of Richmond, President Emma Biggs, Councillor Amanda Eames, and Anne Myers. Back, from left, Northallerton Rotary Club President Elect David Ison, Rotary District 1040

District governor David Phillips praised the club for its active work in the community. President Emma Biggs, the first female president of the club, thanked all of the guests for supporting this special occasion. She described some of the projects in which the club is involved, in terms of stimulating youth activities, supporting local community events, international projects, and fundraising for charitable causes.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Jan Davison, left, receiving her award from president Emma Biggs, watched by Baroness Harris and her friend Judy Moorhouse

The evening included a raffle, with prizes donated by Northallerton businesses Joe Cornish Galleries, J Thompson Family Butcher, Secrets Hair Salon, Brook Taverner Menswear, and several club members. A total of £500 was raised by the event, which will be donated to the Friends of the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, for their eye department.

During the event, president Emma presented the highest award in Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellowship, to Jan Davison of Northallerton Rotary Club, in recognition of her unstinting support for the club and its charity fundraising.