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Packed programme for Rotary District 1110 Conference in Torquay

Packed programme for Rotary District 1110 Conference in Torquay

A phenomenal line up of speakers, entertainment and activities has been organised for the Rotary District 1110 annual conference at Torquay's Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC) next weekend, 19th-21st October 2012.

Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE is among the impressive list of speakers. The British songwriter, lyricist and musician, is noted for his clever wordplay as much as for his music. His remarkable career includes co play-writing on smash West End shows Starlight Express and Phantom of the Opera and association with TV shows such as Kick up the Eighties, a Class by Himself, And Now the Good News.

In 1998 he founded the Orpheus Centre, an exclusive performing arts facility, in his former home in Surrey. The main focus of the Centre is to promote transition and personal development through the arts so students gain skills to live independently in the community. It currently hosts 40 disabled young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 each year.

Sir Richard will be speaking at the RICC on Friday 19th October, and will be accompanied by a group of young disabled artists who will be performing alongside him.

Other speakers include Helen Chaloner, CEO of Farms for City Children, Stephen Chesworth of Stroke Awareness, Gail Stuart (eldest daughter of the late comedian Eric Morecombe), and Geoff Holt MBE, Inspirational Quadriplegic Yachtsman, the first disabled person to sail single-handed around the UK in a trimaran dinghy and Olympic Torch bearer through Swanage in July.

Bill Boyd from New Zealand is this conference's keynote speaker. Bill was the Rotary International President in 2006/7 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most inspirational speakers in the world. His appearance in Sunday morning's session promises to be the highlight of the weekend for many of the attending Rotarians.

The weekend will be topped off with a glittering reception and black tie dinner at the RICC, billed as "A night at the Oscars". This will incorporate themes from many of the most popular films over the last century and will include their very own Oscar awards ceremony.

Mike Smith, the Torquay Conference Chairman, is responsible for pulling this year's event together and said: "We have chosen Torquay for our venue because of its location and especially, the friendly reception we get when we visit this location.

Also the professionalism of the staff at the RICC has in the past been excellent and all this helps when selling our conferences to our Rotarians".

The conference starts on Friday 19th October and concludes on Sunday 21st October. It is expected to attract within the region of 800 delegates from across the district's region of Hampshire, East Dorset, South Wiltshire, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight. Delegates will be staying in accommodation across Torquay and have arranged visits to local attractions such as Dartmouth Royal Naval College, Coleton Fishacre, Kent's Cavern underground show caves and Greenway (former holiday home of Agatha Christie).

Nicky Harding, manager of Conference Torquay said: "Rotary International District 1110 are regular and valued clients of the RICC whose last conference was held here in 2009. We very much look forward to welcoming them back again".

Image: Members of the Orpheus Centre will be performing at the Rotary District 1110 annual conference at the RICC.

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