Happy 272nd Sir say Society members

David Robinson OBE flanked  by Francis Dymoke and Gail Dymoke.
David Robinson OBE flanked by Francis Dymoke and Gail Dymoke.

Members of the Sir Joseph Banks Society held a highly successful event to mark the 272nd anniversary of the famous explorer’s death.

Sir Joseph lived at Revesby and was born on February 24 1743.

It has become a local tradition for the Sir Joseph Banks Society to commemorate his birthday and the event was held in the Tennyson Room at the Manor House Street Community Centre.

The venue has a connection with Sir Joseph.

He donated the timber from his estate when the building - originally a school - was erected in the early 19th century.

The well attended event opened with a screening of an interview with the Society’s patron Sir David Attenborough.

Society secretary Paul Scott gave a presentation, updating members with developments at the Lawns Complex in Lincoln.

Lincoln City Council is negotiating to sell much of the site, including the sadly neglected Banks Conservatory.

The Sir Joseph Banks Society was involved in an exciting project to build a larger modern and more fuel efficient conservatory on the site.

The climax of the birthday event was the cutting of a special cake.

The ceremony was carried out by the Society’s Life President David Robinson OBE, assisted by the guests of honour Mr and Mrs Francis Dymoke.

The Dymoke Estate bordered Sir Joseph’s land at Revesby and there is ample evidence to show the two families knew each other well - a link that still exists today.

Another feature of the birthday event was a solo singing recital which revealed the outstanding talent of Abigail Hunter.

Abigail, a local sixth form student, is a popular Saturday volunteer at the Society’s Bridge Street shop.