Mayor’s visit highlights Bowls Centre upgrade

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A day of celebration for the official opening of the new lighting upgrade at Scarborough Indoor Bowls Centre attracted a good attendance of members and visitors.

As town crier Alan Booth was unable to attend, the cutting of the tape to start the proceedings was performed by director Les Banks.

The Mayor of Scarborough, Cllr Andrew Backhouse, accompanied by the Mayoress, Cllr Sue Backhouse, was welcomed and introduced by director Margaret Fletcher and club captain Bill Ellis.

The Mayor then presented medals to the junior competitors and also medals to Jack Bird to mark his selection for the England Under-18s team.

Competitions were then played by junior members and there was a demonstration of skills by the Bowls and Buggies section and visually impaired bowlers.

While lunch was taken the rinks were occupied by players taking part in social bowling, organised by Ron Lewis.

Ladies and men’s teams representing the club played each other in the afternoon, and this was followed by the closing ceremony conducted by Bill Ellis.

The lighting upgrade was made possible by a £50,000 grant from Sport England and additional funding from Scarborough Council and Yorventure.

It is estimated that the new system will save the centre 35% on energy bills, allowing further investment in developing local bowling talent.

The County League division one men’s team enjoyed a 76-65 success against Hornsea, with wins on three of the four rinks.

At home the Steve Price rink edged it 20-19 after being 18-10 down with three ends to play, while away Geoff Bint’s rink won 22-11 and Jack Bird’s won 17-12.

In division three Scarborough beat Doncaster 90-64 with three winning rinks and one drawn rink.

At home Ken Young’s rink drew 21-21, while John Punter’s won 25-15, and at Doncaster Peter Jaques’ won 17-16 and Peter Lees’ 27-12.

The bowls centre is to hold a charity week November 11-17 to raise funds for Scarborough Stroke Club and Scarborough Talking News. Donations of full jars and cuddly toys will be welcomed for this event.

A triples-by-lot competition will be held on Sunday November 24, with an 11.15am draw and play starting at 12 noon. The format is three seven-end games and the competition is open to full members only.

Subject to the number of entries, the winners will receive £90 and the runners-up £60. Closing date for this competition is November 20.

Westgate BC’s open singles crown green merit competition, played on a bright, dry Sunday, attracted 46 players.

In the quarter-finals ,Whitby’s Steve Dover eliminated clubmate Kenny Wale while Dukes Park’s experienced Billy Holdsworth beat young clubmate Lee Deighton 21-20.

In the other quarters Hunmanby’s Phil Todd beat P Morgan, while J Norris beat Dave Newby (Dukes Park) 21-13.

Semi-final action saw Holdsworth beat Dover 21-20 while Norris beat Todd 21-13.

Holdsworth, who has featured in several finals in recent months, went on to beat Norris 21-14 in the final.

Twenty eight early losers in the main competition then entered a tea-and-biscuits event which was won by Ray Leeman (Whitby) with an 11-3 defeat of Ashley Douglas (North Cliff).

On Sunday there will be a singles merit competition at North Cliff BC’s Alexandra Gardens green, 9am start.