Veterans join in Rotary lunch on 7oth anniversary of D-Day

Two D-Day veterans were among guests at a Rotary Club lunch which coincided with the 70th anniversary of the World War Two event.

As people from across Sussex saw the D-Day commemorations unfold on their TV screens, the group listened to the Bexhill Club of Past Rotarians (BCPR).

Frank Chaplin paid tribute to his long-term friends from the movement – past Rotarians Ivor Hall and Walter George.

The pair were among those at the presidential lunch at Manor Barn last Friday (June 6) to congratulate Mr Chaplin on a successful year of office as president.

Guests heard Mr Chaplin pay tribute to the pair, who had travelled down from Tenterden for the occasion.

Mr Hall took part in the airborne assault on Pegasus Bridge in Normandy and 97-year-old Mr George came ashore on Sword Beach.

Mr Chaplin, who welcomed the presidents of the Ladies’ club and of the Bexhill, Battle and Senlac Rotary Clubs at the lunch, explained Manor Barn’s part in Bexhill’s history and paid tribute to the club officers who had worked to make his year of office run smoothly.

Thanking Past Rotarian Chaplin on behalf of guests, the president of Bexhill Rotary Club, Rotarian John Cooper, said, “We have an absolutely superb Past Rotarians Club; a group which always has done tremendous work to support the community and helped Bexhill Rotary Club.

“It needs someone to lead from the front and as much as Frank says that everyone made it easy, we all know that being a president means a lot of damned hard work and in that he is always ably supported by Audrey.”

Audrey, Mr Chaplin’s wife, helped organise a raffle which raised £175.

The funds will go to the charities supported by the Bexhill Club of Past Rotarians.

Tony Morgan MBE has taken over as the club’s new president.

For a report and photo turn to page 33.