The Rotary Club of Hastings

OUR meeting two weeks ago saw the induction of Craig Watts, a former member of the Metropolitan Police.

Craig is the most recent of a number of new members with more in the pipeline. Pinning his Rotary badge to his lapel Brion Purdey joked that this was probably the only time he would be able to approach a man from the Met with a sharp object. He added that he may be invaluable for the club’s upcoming Murder Mystery evening.

The speaker for the meeting was Ken Roberts from Opera South East. Ken said that he had not spoken for many years and this had already gone a lot better than the last one.

At that meeting it was apparently traditional that the speaker served the top table with their dinner – spaghetti! Ken outlined the history of Opera South East, originally Hastings Opera, through to the present day’s very successful productions.

Its next production will be the Pearl Fishers at the White Rock on April 26 and 27. Ken outlined the plot set in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) culminating with a brutal execution so he recommended it as great family entertainment.

For non-regular opera-goers Ken gave a very useful tip that it is always the tenor that gets the girl. Rotarian Peter Armstrong, also a member of Opera South East, proposed the vote of thanks recommending all club members to go along and see these very high quality productions.

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