Anniversary year for EBA
Cromer's Peter Bird, secretary to Norfolk's 2000-strong army of outdoor bowls players, is looking forward to a season of celebration – both on and off the county's greens.
Sponsored for the ninth year in a row by Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers, the Norfolk County EBA Association is 75 years old this year.
It's an anniversary shared by Cromer Marrams and Sheringham Morley bowls clubs, too.
The anniversary brings several special games and the publication of a new booklet.
Paid for by Hansells, The First 75 Years 1936-2011 charts the history of bowls in the county and details the long, distinguished record of the county's players locally, nationally and internationally.
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Bird was full of praise for Press Officer John Ottaway's sterling work in producing the 75th-anniversary booklet, which was a wonderful work of record and an excellent resource for generations to come.
'John has done an excellent job,' said Bird, adding: 'We are extremely thankful, too, to have the ongoing support of Hansells.
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'They help us in many ways and we have an excellent rapport with them.'
One of the highlights of 2011 will be a game in the grounds of Windsor Castle against the Royal Household Bowling Club on July 17. There will also be a celebration game against a Bowls England team.
Both association president Derek Talbot and Hansells' managing partner Roger Holden are delighted to be working together in such an important year.
'It's a great honour to be president for this anniversary season,' said Talbot. 'It is going to be very busy year – I have 63 games in my diary, as well as many other events.'
The backing given by Hansells as sponsors of the association, the Hansells Norfolk League and the Hansells Cup competition was 'fantastic.'
Holden, whose firm has offices in Sheringham, Cromer, North Walsham and Aylsham as well as Norwich, said he was looking forward to an exciting year and was very pleased he and his firm were to be a part of such a milestone season.
'Bowls has been a key part of Norfolk community life for so long.
'That the game is still as popular and strong after all these years, with so many active members, is a tribute to all the hidden heroes who work so hard behind the scenes.'
Holden said he was looking forward to meeting many of the county's bowls players at competitions, events and the end-of-season presentation lunch.
'I wish all Norfolk's bowls players an enjoyable season – and the best of luck in bringing silverware back to the county.'