Rotary clubs welcome Falklands hero

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FALKLANDS hero Simon Weston was among the special guests at a Rotary Clubs of Scarborough formal dinner.

The event at the Spa Complex was compered by Harry Gration and musical entertainment was provided by Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band.

More than 200 people attended the dinner, which was organised by the Rotary Club of Scarborough and the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers.

Cavaliers president Ian Holland said: “It was an excellent night. The mood was really good and everything went off very well indeed.

“The music was great and we ended up with a last night of the proms finale.

“Simon spoke for well over half an hour and was both amusing an serious. His attendance was greatly appreciated and I think he enjoyed the evening too.

“It’s the first time we’ve had him here but I believe he does quite a lot for Rotary.”

The event raised around £5,000 through ticket sales, a raffle and auction. Items that were auctioned off included a parliamentary visit, vouchers for meals at Raven Hall and the Royal Hotel and a signed Simon Weston book.

All the money raised will go towards the Rotary “Thanks for Life” campaign which aims to eradicate polio throughout the world.

Mr Holland said that Rotary clubs across the UK and Ireland were hoping to raise a total of £200 million, which is being matched by the Bill Gates Foundation.

The $255 million grant is one of the largest challenge grants ever given by the Gates Foundation and the largest received by Rotary in its 104-year history.

It will be used for immunisation activities carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.