Celebration in Swaffham marks 100 years of Lions International

Swaffham mayor Paul Darby, town cryer Nigel Wilkin and Swaffham Lions president John Collins at a ci

Swaffham mayor Paul Darby, town cryer Nigel Wilkin and Swaffham Lions president John Collins at a civic reception hosted by Swaffham Town Council to mark the centenary of the Lions. Picture by Dennis Tallon - Credit: Dennis Tallon

The centenary of a global community organisation has been celebrated in style in a Norfolk town.

Swaffham Town Council hosted a civic reception for the town's Lions club to mark the milestone for Lions International.

Formed by businessman Melvin Jones in Chicago in 1917, the Lions movement was designed to work with and support communities. Today there are Lions clubs in 208 countries.

Lions of East Anglia, local dignitaries and local government representatives were invited to the Swaffham reception and greeted by mayor Paul Darby and Swaffham Lions president John Collins. Town crier Nigel Wilkin was master of ceremonies.

The Assembly Rooms were decorated with displays showing community projects by Lions International and photos of the Swaffham Lions, who were formed in 1984.


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Toasts were made to the Lions by Nicola Claxton, president of Swaffham Lionesses, and to Lions International by Lions district governor Nigel Folkard.

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