Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with Britain’s most Easterly tea party

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered i

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered in Wellington Gardens, on Lowestoft Seafront, to admire a floral garden commissioned by Lowestoft Lions and planted by gardeners from Waveney Norse to spell out the number 100 in small flowers. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Members of Lions clubs – including those in Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Southwold and Halesworth – joined up with representatives from Wymondham and Sheringham for a special event to celebrate a landmark occasion.

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered i

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered in Wellington Gardens, on Lowestoft Seafront, to admire a floral garden commissioned by Lowestoft Lions and planted by gardeners from Waveney Norse to spell out the number 100 in small flowers. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Lions clubs from around the world have been changing lives for 100 years through humanitarian service.

And as Lions Club International celebrated their centenary, Lions from the local zone marked the milestone by joining together for afternoon tea at Claremont Pier during an event hosted by Lowestoft – the organisation's most easterly club.

Members of the Lions, their partners and guests heard from various speakers at the event. Zone chairman, Mark Lanham, 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. Lion Derek Ward talked about the history of Claremont Pier and district governor, Nigel Folkard, told the audience about his year in the top role.

To commemorate the centenary the Lions then gathered in Wellington Gardens, on Lowestoft Seafront, to admire a floral garden commissioned by Lowestoft Lions and planted by gardeners from Waveney Norse to spell out the number '100' in small flowers.

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered i

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered in Wellington Gardens, on Lowestoft Seafront, to admire a floral garden commissioned by Lowestoft Lions and planted by gardeners from Waveney Norse to spell out the number 100 in small flowers. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant


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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.

Guests then enjoyed afternoon tea while listening to talented Lowestoft singer Jazmine Banks.

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Lowestoft Lions President, Robin Smith, said: 'Our Centennial Celebrations were a great success and were also a time not only to look back to what we have achieved but also to look forward to the next century of service.'

The Lions are investigating the creation of a new club, provisionally named 'Waveney Lions', which will be more flexible and more Internet based.

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered i

Lions Clubs International celebrate their centenary with an event in Lowestoft. The Lions gathered in Wellington Gardens, on Lowestoft Seafront, to admire a floral garden commissioned by Lowestoft Lions and planted by gardeners from Waveney Norse to spell out the number 100 in small flowers. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Meetings are proposed to be held at events that the new club chooses to support and members will be able to help in their community and/or to volunteer all over Waveney and be part of the Lions family.

For more information about the proposed Waveney Lions please contact Mark Lanham on 07824 668014 or email mark.lanham2@btinternet.com

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