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New chairman Harry Wilson, who joined Berwick Probus Club five years ago, received his chain of office on Wednesday.
It was handed over by retiring chairman Rob Crozier, who said the club’s success depended on all the members.
Harry paid tribute to him and told members there was nowhere he would rather live than in North Northumberland.
The first speaker in 2017 was our member Ken Lamb, who recently went with his wife on a holiday to Alaska, a country with a permafrost problem.
Ken had a special reason for going there – to see the massive steel levelling, which carries oil down the country to the Port of Valdez. This is vital to the United States.
In a series of slides, he showed a number of views of the pipeline, which has hundreds of miles underground.
More than 35 years ago Ken was asked to go over to the United States to give a presentation and to answer dozens of questions on how to construct a pipe which would stand up to the most extreme climate conditions.
He told the club that Alaska had recovered from one devastating oil disaster when the Esso Valdez ran aground.
Nature played a huge part in overcoming the situation and there was no sign of any problem.
He believed that nature and all its resources would ensure that global warming would not be the catastrophe many feared.