Baldock Rotary Club celebrated its 70th anniversary in style with a black-tie dinner at The Broadway Hotel in Letchworth.

Rotary president Keith Britter, accompanied by his wife Carol, welcomed guests of honour the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss, his wife Celia Voss and Rotary district governor Barbara Middleton.

Fellow Rotarians representing Stevenage, Stevenage Grange and Sandy Rotary Clubs also attended, along with representatives of Letchworth Inner Wheel.

All enjoyed a three-course dinner with wine, followed by coffee and mints accompanied by a medley of music from Mike O'Neill.

After toasts, Rotarian John Street gave a speech on the founding of Rotary in Chicago in 1905.


Lord Lieutenant Robert Voss then presented Rotarian Alan Arnold with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award in recognition of his 25 years of service to Baldock Rotary.

President Keith gave a speech, and the Lord Lieutenant talked about his role as the King's representative in Hertfordshire.

The evening concluded with bouquets presented to Celia Voss and Barbara Middleton, and the customary final toast was given by vice president Garry Blyth.

Rotarian Paul Luckett said: "Baldock Rotary is pleased to have served our communities for the last 70 years and we will continue to do so for many years to come."