MEMBERS of Bridlington’s Round Table have recently welcomed members of the organisation to the town from across Europe.
The Bridlington branch played host to guests from Germany and Italy to mark the 80th anniversary of their formation last month, with a celebration at the Expanse Hotel.
The guests, fellow Round Table members, were introduced to Bridlington members at a dinner held at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club.
The Bridlington branch is one of the oldest in existence – only the 27th formed in the UK – and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.
The European visitors also visited Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens as part of the 80th charter weekend, before enjoying traditional fish and chips at the Naked Fish restaurant, and a trip on the Yorkshire Belle from Bridlington Harbour.
The main event of the weekend though was the Round Table’s gala dinner held at the Expanse Hotel, which was attended by around 100 guests including past members and the former national president of the organisation, John Kilshaw and his wife Karen.
Current chairman Martin Helbrow said that since the event he had been inundated with emails and calls from those who attended to say thank you for the evening, which featured a three course meal and music from the Steve Love band and local 12-year-old Emmie Beckitt – who sang soprano versions of classics such as Nessum Dorma and Imagine.
Mark Kunz, an honorary member of Bridlington Round Table said: “Emmie’s voice was amazing, and she’s only 12!
“As part of our ethos we love to aid local talent and good causes and are planning to support Emmie to further her wonderful gift.”