Blyth Rotary Club has a new president in the form of Steve Frake.
Mr Frake, a solicitor, takes over the club’s chain of office from Bill Thompson.
His plans for the year ahead include continuing the club’s programme of providing clean water to neglected areas of Uganda in the Lake Wamala region, an initiative already yielding a marked decline in waterborne infections.
He also wants to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and expand the club’s outreach work with youth clubs and schools in the town.
“My aim is to involve all of Blyth in this, along with a huge folk concert at Croft Park in May and a repeat of the highly-successful duck race down Holywell Burn in June,” said Mr Frake.