Borderland Rotary celebrated the handover of the presidency at a BBQ at the Sweeney Hall Hotel recently as Andy Boroughs took over from Chris Bryan-Smith.

Andy, who has been a Rotarian for more than 20 years said, “I have never coveted this roll but I’m very proud to take on the mantle, don the chain, and continue to with the work of this great club as the members, past and present, have been very supportive to me over the years and hopefully I can add something to the club’s impressive cannon of good works. You can expect fireworks in the autumn, parades at Christmas and the Borderland Mountain Bike Challenge next May but it is just possible that another major event will be added to the calendar – watch this space. In the meantime, it just remains to ask the club members to be gentle with me as I find my feet.”

The Rotary year runs from the end of June each year when a new president and president elect, who this year is, Rob Hughes, are appointed and the calendar starts.

The outgoing president, Chris Bryan-Smith expressed his gratitude for all the help and support he had enjoyed from the members during his year at the top table and made special mention of Jen Urquhart, the club secretary, who he said had, kept him on the straight and narrow.