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It was an historic night for Berwick Rotary Club when members gathered at the Castle Hotel recently.

Saturday, 9th June 2018, 9:00 am

For the first time in 90 years it was chaired by a lady, with Moira Thompson standing in for the president and vice-president, who were unable to attend.

Moira is the club’s junior vice-president and she introduced the guest speaker Ian McCreath, who is a former president and club member.

He spoke of holidays spent in Malawi with his daughter Emma and family, and in Kuwait with his son Ben and family.

During his first trip he was able to visit the Nelson Mandela Museum and later went on a safari, where hippopotami roamed all night. He said there was much poverty in Malawi, but the people were polite and pleasant.

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By contrast, Kuwait was a rich, bustling country, and while there he was able to play golf on a floodlit course.

His most recent visit this year was to Vietnam and to Hanoi, where Emma now teaches in a large school.

Ian said the people there were a delight to mix with. Golf is booming there, and it has a traffic system with its own code and no road rage. Hanoi, the capital, is full of interest, but the problem of litter in the country is “frightening”.