The village of Willaston has witnessed the inauguration of the new Rotary Club of Willaston and South Wirral.

The event was staged at The Nags Head under the hospitality of licensee, Rotarian Neil Miller.

The event was attended by more than 50 Rotarians representing clubs from Southport, Liverpool, Wallasey, Greasby, Heswall, Saughall, Neston, Chester and Denbigh, together with a plethora of high-ranking district officers including the district governor Philip Horwood, who travelled from Pwllheli.

The evening was planned to be an informal occasion, but retaining the dignity on certain elements of the ceremony especially the inauguration of the new club and the induction of new president, Debra Jerrett.

The new club is a ‘spill-over’ from the old Rotary Club of South Wirral, which had been regularly meeting in and around the Ellesmere Port district for the past 37 years, but due to an ageing population it was decided by its members to bring closure to the club’s activities.

But two of its members, David Sims and Ian Grove, decided that they would endeavour to retain the principals of rotary by keeping the club in existence if no more than by name only and relocate its community association with Willaston, thus attracting local membership.

The club has already attracted 10 new youthful and dynamic members and continues to seek and welcome additional members to their meetings on Wednesday evenings at the Nags Head, at 7pm.

The next meeting will be held on May 14.