AT 25-years-old, Tony Jackson might not be a stereotypical Rotary Club member.

And age is one of the key misconceptions Mr Jackson aims to dispel when he makes history by becoming the youngest ever president of his group– the Rotary Club of Spennymoor.

Mr Jackson, an accountant who works in the town, joined the club at the age of 22 and remains one of the youngest members in the North East District.

He will take over as president from Marie Walker, who first invited him to a meeting four years ago, at a handover dinner at Whitworth Hall, Spennymoor, on July 1, two days after his 26th birthday.

Mr Jackson said: "I learnt about Rotary when I was eight and got a young citizen award from the Newton Aycliffe club after the headteacher at my old school Woodham Burn Junior, Pat Pickersgill, nominated be for helping my mam who was in a wheelchair.

"I got to know a little bit about it over the years.

"I'm really proud that I'm about to become Spennymoor's president, particularly at my age. I'm looking forward to promoting it, getting out into Spennymoor to show people what we do.

"We're trying to change people's impression that it is just for older businesspeople. Even though we are a small club, we have a good age range of members and I hope to encourage more young people to come along."

The club focuses on fellowship and fundraising.

It meets at 7pm every Monday, except bank holidays, at The Green Tree in Tudhoe or visits another club.

Its biggest annual event is a Christmas Message campaign. Members use professional and personal contacts to source lots of good raffle prizes. It runs the draw but lets local organisations sell the tickets and all the funds they raise go back to them.

It is also involved in an annual charity swimathon– along with other Rotary Clubs of Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and the Lion Club of Darlington– and community initiatives which this year included planting trees in Jubilee Park, Tudhoe Village and St Paul’s Church .

Marie Walker said: "I have enjoyed my year as president, and I am delighted to be handing over to Tony as I know he is enthusiastic and has some great ideas for the future of the club."

For details visit spennymoor.rotary1030.org or call 07970-993768.