Visitors get a warm welcome

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Youngsters from Chernobyl enjoyed a fun-filled trip to Scarborough with a helping hand from Scarborough Lions Club.

Lions Club president Rob Hunter explained: “The Chernobyl Children’s Project (CCP) raise funds each year to bring over youngsters from Chernobyl usually in groups of 10.

“This particular group were brought over to stay with host families in the Otley area.

“Otley Lions decided that they wanted to help in some way and a daytrip to Scarborough was arranged for the 10 kids from Chernobyl and 14 of the host family kids along with some of the host parents as escorts and a few from Otley Lions Club.”

He added: “It was a lovely hot day so we took the kids onto the beach where they had a ball splashing around for a couple of hours.

“After their fish and chip lunch they took an open top bus along the shore to Peasholm Park where they spent some fun time on the pedaloes before boarding the coach back to Otley.”

Mr Hunter said that as well as the fish and chip lunch being donated by Scarborough Lions, he understand that the ride on the Spa cliff lift and the open top bus were both donated free of charge by the Spa and Shoreline Suncrusiers respectively.

The photograph shows the youngsters, plus children from host families, enjoying their day at the beach with the Lions Club mascot.