So I drafted a piece that seemed about the right length and sent it, together with a copy of the old photo and pictures of the current properties owned by BLHS to the editor of the lion magazine (the British edition). Her response was:
Thank you so much for this, what a wonderful story, and one I’ll be delighted to share within the magazine!Would Brighton Lions Club be interested in doing a club profile as well as this article to go alongside it?
Commissioned to write a magazine article! How could I refuse such an offer? So that's what I was doing yesterday. But it's not right, so this afternoon I must start again.
It's not the first time I have been commissioned to write for publication (he says, bragging again). But last time I was paid. Well, I was given an extra week of leave to travel to Bosnia with a Lions relief convoy, not long after the end of the Bosnian War. In return for that extra week, I was to provide an article about the trip for publication in a national newspaper.
Maybe I could post it here? It would be best spread over two or three days, but I'll put the first part up tomorrow.