According to British author and toponymist Barclay Simpson, Richmond is the most common place name in the world. All in all, Simpson, a resident of the original Richmond, in Yorkshire, England, claims there are over 90 places with the name Richmond. All are descended, directly or indirectly, from the original Richmond in North Yorkshire, England. The Richmond Castle in Richmond, North Yorkshire, England, stands in a commanding position above the River Swale, close to the centre of the town of Richmond. It was originally called Riche Mount, 'the strong hill'.
Today we are having a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Richmond, North Yorkshire, England. This year is the city’s 950th anniversary!