Record numbers attend charity’s annual lunch

Rutland branch RNLI annual lunch at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel. Rutland branch RNLI committee members with guest speaker Gerry Burrowes. From left, press secretary Laura Reekie, chairman Yvonne Clayton, guest speaker Gerry Burrowes, vice-chairman Ron Marks and vice-president Joyce Schofield.'Photo: MSMP161013-008ow
Rutland branch RNLI annual lunch at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel. Rutland branch RNLI committee members with guest speaker Gerry Burrowes. From left, press secretary Laura Reekie, chairman Yvonne Clayton, guest speaker Gerry Burrowes, vice-chairman Ron Marks and vice-president Joyce Schofield.'Photo: MSMP161013-008ow

More than £1,225 was raised at a charity’s annual lunch which was well supported by people from far and wide.

The Rutland branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was held at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on Wednesday last week and 116 people attended, the largest turnout in its history.

Money was raised for the rescue charity by visitors buying Christmas cards, calendars and charity souvenirs as well as taking part in a large raffle.

The mayors of Stamford and Melton were in attendance and Gerry Burrows, from Bourne, provided the after lunch entertainment.

Our picture shows Mr Burrowes, centre, with, from left, RNLI branch press secretary Laura Reekie, chairman Yvonne Clayton, vice-chairman Ron Marks and vice-president Joyce Schofield.

Photo: MSMP161013-008ow