A LONG-established club for retired men is looking for new members.

Hexham Beacon Club was formed in 1974, with the aim of providing an opportunity for retired men in the area to maintain friendships.

The membership currently stands at around 70, but the club is always on the lookout for new members.

Peter Robson, the club's publicity officer, said: "The club continues to attract a good attendance from Hexham and the surrounding villages in the area.

"The chosen format decided for meetings proved ideal and remains the same - the club is non polticial and non sectarian and all are welcome.

"The original concept is as relevant today as it was in 1974, and is particularly important for those who live alone.

"The programme offers a varied and interesting range of topics. Speakers are welcomed form a wide area."

The club meet at 10.30 on Wednesdays at the Trinty Church Hall on Beaumont Street.

There is no subscription, only a small charge for coffee and refreshments.

More information can be found at www.hexhambeaconclub.com