Tennis association holds centenary ball

Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association's 100 year old grass courts were transformed on Saturday evening when 320 members, former members and their guests brought the club's centenary celebrations to a conclusion with a glittering black tie ball held in a specially erected marquee which covered three of the famous grass courts.

Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association's 100 year old grass courts were transformed on Saturday evening when 320 members, former members and their guests brought the club's centenary celebrations to a conclusion with a glittering black tie ball held in a specially erected marquee which covered three of the famous grass courts.

The courts, which were first used in 1908 and subsequently bought for the town by the then Cromer Urban Council in 1935 for £1,250, have been graced by some famous players over the years but never can so many people have taken to the courts at the same time as guests enjoyed a meal masterminded by local chef and club member, Henri Paul, followed by dancing to The Lee Vasey Band.

In August 1908 The Cromer Post reported "The Cromer Lawn Tennis Club brought their first annual tournament to a success ful conclusion on Saturday. There was a large attendance at the finals, affording evidence of the popularity of the gathering. Though the courts were only completed by the end of April, they were in excellent condition, both as regards surface and appointments. For this the committee and the groundsman deserved full share of praise. The total number of entries received during the week for the various events was 167."

Club chairman, Nick Amis, who is one of the club's longest serving members, having joined as a boy some 55 years ago welcomed everybody to the ball and paid tribute to the band of willing members who had worked tirelessly over virtually a twelve month period to ensure that the ball in particular and the centenary celebrations in general were something to be remembered.


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