Rotarians set sail on Arctic ‘voyage’

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Rotary Club president Mairhi Trickett welcomed members and their regular visitor, Harald Willner, from Kingston-upon-Thames Rotary Club, to last week’s meeting.

Past-president Scott Elliot stood in for the speaker who had to call off at the last minute and asked members to join him on a cruise ship holiday to the frozen Arctic. He sailed from Rosyth on the MV Boudicca – which carried 800 passengers and 360 crew recruited from 30 different nationalities – via the Norwegian western seaboard, then north to the North Cape, the most northerly point in Europe.

Scott described the many sights and attractions on shore and on board the ship including the cuisine and entertainment. He experienced five days of total daylight which took some getting used to, but likewise, in winter months, there was complete darkness, which has led Norway to suffer the highest suicide rate in Europe.

Many questions arose, after which president Mairhi gave the vote of thanks and said Scott had been an able deputy.

Last Saturday’s film night raised £310 for the Borders Talking Newspaper which has several Rotarians as volunteer readers and recorders.