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A very happy 90th birthday to Colin, the 'Lion King' !

Naming the reindeer

With over 30 shows with the Wetherby Musical Theatre Group and 55 years as a member of Wetherby District Lions Club, Colin is eminently qualified for the title of "Lion King" !

Colin Gaden was born at Norton, Malton in 1931 where he attended Malton Grammar School.

Leaving school, he worked for the Public Health Inspector at Malton Town Hall and attended night school in Leeds studying and qualifying in Public Health. He then moved on to work for Flaxton Council.

His next move was to Wetherby as Environmental Health Officer. He enjoyed his time here as, at that time, Wetherby had 10 slaughter houses and Colin undertook all the meat inspections for the various villages as well as general Public Health.

Retiring at the age of 63 and with a long-time interest in theatre, he joined Wetherby Musical Theatre Group as one of the original members where he performed in over 30 shows!

Colin joined Wetherby District Lions 55 years ago and is an original charter member. He recalls lots of fun while helping the community enjoying his times as Santa and concerts with fellow Lions, wives and partners. Twice president of the Lions, Colin has also been voted Townsperson of the Year.

He is also member of Wetherby Men’s Forum where he was Chair for over 6 years.

Now 90 years young, Colin enjoys spending time with the family and all the little ones and keeping in touch with many friends!

Wetherby District Lions wish Colin a very happy birthday!!

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