Memory Lane: Rotary Club of Grantham’s fund-raiser went swimmingly from the start

The RotarySwimarathon in 1991.
The RotarySwimarathon in 1991.
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Twenty-five years ago, the Journal reported on the second Rotary Club of Grantham Swimarathon taking place in the town.

Already it was attracting over 100 teams of sponsored swimmers, including in 1991 the team ‘Les Autres’, made up of disabled swimmers who had taken part in the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul.

Back then, the Swimarathon organiser, Sir John Southby, told the Journal: “The response has been great. The town’s estate agents have got a little competition going between themselves, and we’ve had entries from the fire brigade and the hospital.”

Pictured above, from left, are Basil Blackman, Geoff Turner, Humphrey Platts, David McMillan, Frank Whiting, John Hill, David Green, Barry Phillips, John Swain, John Morris and Sir John Southby.

This year’s Swimarathon is taking place between February 5-7, and could see the event’s total fund-raising over the years reach an amazing £700,000.

For details on how to take part, go to or call team co-ordinator Roger Graves on 07454 941349.