Tributes pour in after tragic loss of Carole

SAD LOSS  ... Carole McLean
SAD LOSS ... Carole McLean
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MEMBERS of Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club are in mourning following the sudden death of the club’s international star Carole McLean.

It is understood that she was taking part as a member of the England women’s team in an international series match in Wales last Tuesday when she felt unwell.

She returned home to Scarborough and was later admitted to Scarborough Hospital for tests. She died there on Sunday.

Bob Dickens, the chairman of the Scarborough indoor bowls club, said: “It’s unbelievable - Carole came up though our youth section, won our club singles title years on the trot.”

McLean, who was a member of the South Cliff outdoor club in Scarborough, and was always keen to put something back in by helping young bowlers, recently spent a day coaching junior players from all over Yorkshire.

“She was a wonderful bowler – and a wonderful person,” added Dickens. “There was never any ‘side’ with her, and absolutely no airs and graces. We are all devastated by her loss.”

England’s team manager Edna Bessell said yesterday: “This has come as a blow to us all – Carole will be hugely missed, not only for her skill with the woods, but for her cheery disposition and bubbly personality.”

She added: “We knew she hadn’t been well, but, on Tuesday, she assured us she was fit to play in the opening game, which lasted three-and-a-half hours – but when she left the green she looked totally drained, and asked us not to select her against Wales, Jersey or Ireland.”

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