A Royal Launch for Gilpin 2020

Ross on Wye Lions were asked to be present at the launch of the Gilpin 2020 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.


Ross on Wye claims the title of The birthplace of British Tourism dating back to 1770.  In the 18th Century, trips along the river were enjoyed by visitors following the tour guide written by William Gilpin. As the launch of a year-long Festival, the town welcomed a very special visitor, Prince Charles.

Ross Lions were honoured to be recognised as an important part of the Community of Ross on Wye by being asked to participate in the visit. Alongside 10 other local groups, the Lions put together a display of their Service Activity to show to the Prince.

The Lions run a Leo Club in the local High School and the President of Lions, Keith Wilding, was joined by the President of Leos, Jessie Punn at their stall. Also there to talk to the Prince was Vice-President Fiona Walker. All were delighted when the Prince immediately recognised them as Lions and praised them for the good work Lions do. He was particularly interested to hear from Jessie that Ross Leos had raised £10,000 in 10 years and that they made donations to charities of their own choosing.

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