Life’s a great big adventure for Rotary chief

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THE new leader of a rotary club is a keen sailor who once met Margaret Thatcher, The Gazette can reveal.

In his first interview since becoming president of the Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne, Andrew Gray said he sailed the Black Sea in a tall ship in May last year.

The two-time London marathon runner told The Gazette the sea voyage took him five days. He also plans to sail across the Atlantic in September or October next year.

He’s also climbed Africa’s 20,000-ft Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

The retired cloth company owner has lived in Berkhamsted for 32 years and now lives in Gossoms End High Street.

Mr Gray, 68, only joined the town’s rotary club two years ago, but has been a Rotarian for 30 years.

He was previously a member of Westminster East Rotary Club - near where he worked.

He welcomed Margaret Thatcher to the Westminster club as an honorary member in the autumn of 1991, and her aides gave him a tour of 10 Downing Street.

Mr Gray said: “She was very small - like a lot of powerful people in life.

“She was very clever at putting me and the small group with me at ease. You can never feel totally at ease with all of the TV crews, but she made every effort to make us feel comfortable.”