Getaway Club celebrates a happy 40th birthday

Coun Fiona Martin with members of the Getaway Club
Coun Fiona Martin with members of the Getaway Club

The Horncastle, Spilsby and Louth Getaway Club celebrated its 40th anniversary with a presentation evening at The Riverhead Theatre in Louth.

Initially, the club was set up by Bill Mitchell and his wife Irene with Pat Poole as secretary and John Palin treasurer.

It opened in Horncastle in 1974 and members met on a Thursday evening at Homeleigh and then St Lawrence School before moving to Horncastle Community Centre where it is still based.

The club quickly expanded and George Fell joined in 1977 and drove the ‘Louth bus.’

He soon became an active volunteer while Kath Fell took over driving the bus and ran the tuck shop.

Past leaders include Di and Alistair Stones, Chris and Pierre Papworth and Debbie Wilkinson.

The presentation evening featured a number of awards and trophies which were handed to members and volunteers.

Recipients included Diane Hills, Timothy Hall, Jonathan Anderson, George Struthers, Peter Mitchell, Kristian Jacklyn, Nick Akers, Katrina Dickinson, George Fell, Andrew Murdock, Andrew Ward, Jenny Baker, Georgina Grayson, Kathryn Boffy, Adam Bunster and James Parsons.

Awards were presented by a host of special guests including the Mayors of Horncastle (Councillor Sandra Campbell-Wardman) and Louth (Coun Andrew Leonard), district councillor Fiona Martin and County Council chairman councillor Bill Aron.