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Suffield Park bowlers mark anniversary

PUBLISHED: 14:15 29 July 2010 | UPDATED: 14:08 02 August 2010

Suffield Park Bowls Club celebrated their 75th anniversary on Sunday.

Club members and competitors from many surrounding clubs, together with their guests, gathered to celebrate this special occasion.

Suffield Park Bowls Club celebrated their 75th anniversary on Sunday.

Club members and competitors from many surrounding clubs, together with their guests, gathered to celebrate this special occasion.

Blessed with bright sunshine, the day began with a warm welcome from club cptain Eric Brickell, and players were dragged from the bar for a group photograph before commencing a three round, seven-end competition, where visitor clubs took on the might of Suffield Park's best.

Needless to say, the bar was busy during each interval, and friendly rivalry mixed with light-hearted ribaldry ensured all had a good time, win or lose.

After everyone had worked up a good appetite, players and guests retired to the clubroom.

To good-natured boos and cheers, the North Walsham Team were pronounced winners, and were presented with prizes by Suffield Club president Moyra Russell.

Suffield Park did manage a winning rink, and like the winners, got to be photographed despite barracking the cameraman.

A very tempting buffet then appeared courtesy of Jean Briers and her assorted helpers, which was speedily demolished.

The occasion could not be allowed to pass without a speech or two, and following a toast from the visitors to the next 75 years and a warm response, veteran bowler Ron Potter, a member of Suffield Park for 59 years, rose to his feet to give a potted history highlighting memorable and humourous moments of his years of membership.

Trawling the honours boards he was able to bring to life those characters of long, and not so long ago, some of whom, and their relatives, had come to honour the occasion.

Finally, club president Moyra Russell ceremonially cut the 75th anniversary cake, which just spread among the large crowd who so kindly attended and made the occasion so memorable.


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