CHESTERFIELD: Rotary Club hears about life on the road with rock superstars

Senior vice-president Neil Baker chaired the weekly meeting of The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale held at Proact stadium on August 3 with 32 members present. He welcomed the speaker Andy Ledbetter from The Rotary Club of Dronfield.

Past president John Coker reported on the success of the Ashover Charity Classic Car and Bike show and thanked club members for their support over the weekend. He is optimistic for a surplus of £12,000 between the four Rotary clubs who organised the event.

Past President Peter Beardsley reminded members of the club walk and barbecue at his home on Sunday, August 11 and hoped for the usual club support.

Past president Rodger Heathcote introduced the speaker Andy Ledbetter who highlighted his career in the modern day rock business from 1977-1997. From early days in Denmark St London, as a keyboard player he did become an electronic expert in modern day sound effects, lighting and stage design etc., all adding up to the presentation at stadium concerts.

He became a leading crew member who at times totalled 150 in number for world tours for performers such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, Led Zeppelin and above all Sir Paul McCartney.

He was thanked by Barry Thompson for an enlightening talk on a music scene not familiar to many club members.

The Rotary Club of Chesterfield Scarsdale continued its support to local charities by donating £1000 to the Chesterfield Care Group at a recent meeting.

Marrisa Marriott thanked the club for its support which is very much needed at the present time.