Centenary Celebrations at Britain’s most Easterly tea party


Members of Lions clubs from across the East Anglian zone recently met together at an event hosted by Lowestoft, their most easterly club, to celebrate their centenary.
It was good to see so many Lions from clubs in the zone including Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Southwold and Halesworth getting together to celebrate 100 years of Lionism at our Tea Party at Claremont Pier, along with members from Wymondham, Sheringham and the New Century club.
Speakers at the event included Zone Chairman Lion Mark Lanham who described recent activities in the zone including the potential formation of a new Waveney Lions Club. Then Vice District Governor (elect) Mandy Hawksley described future centennial projects and Lion Derek Ward talked about the history of Claremont Pier. Finally District Governor Nigel Folkard told the audience about his year in the top role and mentioned that although now a Lion in Southend that he used to live in Lowestoft. Zone Chairman Mark presented Nigel with a book about Old Lowestoft.
To publicise the centenary we then gathered in nearby Wellington Gardens on Lowestoft Seafront to admire a floral garden commissioned by Lowestoft Lions and planted by council gardeners from Waveney Norse to spell out the number ‘100’ in small flowers.

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Then to leave a lasting reminder of the occasion a commemorative bench seat bearing the Lions logo and appropriate words was officially handed over close by.
80 Guests were then able to enjoy afternoon tea whilst listening to Jasmine Banks, a young local singer.
Two fun competitions were held with Carolyn Lambert from Beccles club the winner for best hat. Derrick and Elizabeth Bowler won the accolade of being the best dressed
Lowestoft Lions would like to thank those who attended our Centennial Celebrations for making it a great success. It was a time not only to look back to what we have achieved but also to look forward to the next century of service.

Robin Smith, President, Lowestoft Lions Club