Lions celebrate a roaring 45 years with anniversary dinner in Bexhill

Bexhill Lion's Club President Rick Hough, Bexhill Mayor Cllr Simon Elford and Mayoress Tanya Elford SUS-160410-101725001
Bexhill Lion's Club President Rick Hough, Bexhill Mayor Cllr Simon Elford and Mayoress Tanya Elford SUS-160410-101725001

Bexhill’s Mayor and Mayoress joined Lions Club members to celebrate their 45th Anniversary Dinner held at the Cooden Beach Hotel.

Lion President Rick Hough opened the proceedings by welcoming the Mayor of Bexhill, councillor Simon Elford and Mayoress Tanya, and Lions’ District Governor, Rod Weale.

Eighty guests including Lions’ club members, family and friends from other Lions Clubs joined in the celebration which was held on Saturday September 3.

To reflect the 2017 centenary of the foundation of Lions International, the dress code was ‘the last 100 years’. Giving diners the opportunity to dress in costumes from the 20s, 40s,’flower power’, uniforms and formal dress.

Guests were entertained by the skill and dexterity of magician Alexander James and a cabaret performance from East Sussex School of Performing Arts who performed a range of songs and dance routines from various shows.

Lion Rick thanked Members and Friends of Bexhill Lions for their hard work and commitment over the past year in raising ‘considerable sums’ of money through varied activities, enabling the club to continue to support local charities, good causes and individuals. During his year of Office Rick said his focus will be on supporting youth activities and community services.

Lions Club District Governor Rod Weale spoke of the Lions Club International Foundation which provides worldwide support when disasters strike. Working directly with the local Lions Clubs on the ground, it helps to provide food, accommodations and other essentials at times of crisis.

Cllr Elford thanked Bexhill Lions Club for its support to the local community over the years, adding: “I am well aware of the range of activities undertaken by members which make a real difference to individuals as well as charities and community groups.

“The Bexhill Lions Club is highly regarded and I’m pleased to see its involvement in community activities such as the Santa Dash, Heart of Sidley and other major events in town.”

Following the speeches Cooden Beach resident DJ Ritchie Lee provided music from the 40s onward.

Guests were reminded of Bexhill Lions Club’s forthcoming events which include SightFest and the ever popular Santa Dash which takes place on Saturday December 3. To take part in the Santa Dash or for further information about the Lions visit the website at: or call Lion Rick on 0845 833 9591.