National Rotary president in Clitheroe to meet Dougie!

STAR TUP: This photo, taken by the president of the Rotary Club of Clitheroe David Bleazard, shows Rotarians Richard Schofield, David Simpson and John Minhinick posing behind the star turn ' Dougie! (s)
STAR TUP: This photo, taken by the president of the Rotary Club of Clitheroe David Bleazard, shows Rotarians Richard Schofield, David Simpson and John Minhinick posing behind the star turn ' Dougie! (s)
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A VISIT to Clitheroe Auction Mart to meet the Rotary Club of Clitheroe’s star tup Dougie was the treat in store for this year’s

Rotary in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) president.

Retired meteorologist, John Minhinick, visited the Ribble Valley as part of his whistle-stop tour of all 29 districts within RIBI.

John and his wife Sheila spent a busy couple of days in one of the largest districts which covers all Cumbria and most of Lancashire chauffeured by the district governor David Simpson and his wife Janet.

They visited many Rotary clubs and interesting places sponsored by Rotary, not least the amazing centre near Keswick which enables mobility for the disabled called the Calvert Trust.

An extended lunch time saw all of them at the Old Post House Hotel where the Rotary Club of Clitheroe meets every Thursday.

When all the questions and answers about the future of Rotary were completed John and Sheila were transported to the unlikely venue of Clitheroe Auction Mart to meet Dougie.

Dougie is the star tup who serves the ewes belonging to members of the Rotary Club of Ribblesdale. The Rotarians plan to sell any lambs to raise money for Rotary charities. Sheila Minhinick was so impressed that she too wants to own a Ribblesdale ewe. This unique fund-raising scheme has been masterminded by Ribblesdale Rotarian Richard Schofield who farms in Tosside.

When John’s year as RIBI President is completed next summer, both he and his wife want to return to the Ribble Valley to help with the shearing. Dougie behaved impeccably throughout the visit – he’s been expertly hand reared by young Ella and Matthew Mason, with the bottle now having been replaced by a handful of feed!