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A shared commemoration for World War One

A shared commemoration for World War One

In commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War, members from either side of the English Channel gathered at the Menin Gate to pay their respects.

Rotary members from a club in Surrey joined forces with their colleagues in France to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

Rotary Leatherhead stood shoulder to shoulder with friends from their twin club of Rotary Lens Louvre to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate while visiting Ypres in Belgium.

It was part of a weekend of Rotary fellowship in Europe.

After visiting Ypres, the Leatherhead members headed to the picturesque town of Gosnay, near Lens.

Together, with members and partners of their second twin club, the Rotary Hannut Waremme in Belgium, they joined over 200 members and supporters from Rotary Lens Louvre.

The occasion of the French club’s annual soirée was to commemorate 61 years since the club was founded in 1957.

Rotary member Adrian O’Loughlin, who organises the trip to France each year on behalf of the Leatherhead club, said he was delighted with how well the weekend had gone.

He said: “We have had an excellent relationship with the Rotary Club of Lens Louvre for almost 30 years now and always try to support each other’s special events, such as the Lens Soirée and our own President’s Weekend, at least once a year.”

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