Caricature: Kevin Lawry from the Rotary Club of Grantham
Not only does Kevin Lawry lead historical tours of Grantham, but as a former Vulcan bomber pilot, he has a very interesting history himself!
Each summer he takes groups of American university students, studying at Harlaxton Manor, to see the town’s top heritage spots so that they can learn more about Grantham’s history during their time here.
The tour takes in Federick Tollemache’s and Isaac Newton’s statues, the Beehive, St Wulfram’s, the Angel and Royal and the Market Place.
Kevin’s own first sight of Grantham was from the air, having flown into RAF Cranwell 22 years ago.
In an RAF career which he describes as ‘fabulous’, he also taught others how to fly and was stationed in Cyprus and Singapore. He even got to fly the Vulcan across the USA.
The 67-year-old is now settled in Harlaxton with his wife Barbara. They have two daughters, Hannah, aged 33, and Jessica, 30.
Although retired from the RAF, Kevin definitely still keeps busy through his key role within the Rotary Club of Grantham.
A longtime member and former president, including taking the helm last year, Kevin is particularly proud of all the charity work they do with young people, and of course events ike the Swimarathon, which he describes as ‘absolutely first class’. He says that even if it wasn’t about ‘raising a wonderful amount of money’, just seeing the Grantham community coming together and those of all ages swimming up and down the pool alongside one another, supported by friends and family members cheering in the stands, makes it all worthwhile.
Kevin also does a lot of after dinner speeches, with many unsurprisingly wanting to hear stories about his days flying the Vulcan.