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Mayor bowled over by club’s facilities

BOWLED OVER ... Josh Halcrow, winner of the junior competition, is presented with his trophy by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson. Below, ladies' winner Brenda Aiken receives hers from the Mayoress, Patricia Ridley.

BOWLED OVER ... Josh Halcrow, winner of the junior competition, is presented with his trophy by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson. Below, ladies' winner Brenda Aiken receives hers from the Mayoress, Patricia Ridley.

The borough’s first citizens have been bowled over by a local sporting club’s venue.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, visited the Jack Clark Park Bowling Club to present trophies.

The pair were invited to watch bowlers in action as they competed in the annual bowls competition, hosted by South Tyneside Bowling Association.

The group has been in existence for more than 120 years and has 29 clubs within its ranks.

Coun Gibson said: “Bowls is a wonderful sport that can be enjoyed by everyone. In some cases the skills have been passed down from generation to generation.

“It’s also a great way to keep fit and catch up with friends.

“The indoor and outdoor facilities we saw were very impressive and a real asset to the borough’s sporting venues.”

During the visit the couple were able to see the players in action as well as congratulate those who bowled their way to top spots and trophy wins.

David Wilson, assistant secretary of the association, said: “It was great to have the Mayor and Mayoress in attendance to chat with people and give out the prizes.

“The Mayor was also very complimentary about the association and the facilities in his speech, and his kind words will hopefully help us attract new members.

“In particular, we are looking to encourage more young people to take up this highly-competitive sport that has a stereotype of being a pastime for people of retirement age.”

For more information on the association, call 420 0195.

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