MEMBERS of the Pershore and District Sports Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the club’s skittle alley with a tournament to bowl young and old over.
The Observer reported in February on the planned celebrations to mark the efforts of Ray Till, Ray Massingham, John Bomford, Dick Arnold and Clive Youge who took it upon themselves to build the alley.
And to mark the half century, the club held a hugely popular skittles tournament with five of the clubs current teams each entered a team in one pool.
The second pool was made up of five teams, each representing families of the members whose idea it was to build the skittle alley all those years ago.
The Piddle Pinners were the winners in pool one while Team Taylor came out on top in the second pool.
Despite a good performance, Team Taylor were overcome by the the Piddle Pinners to win the tournament.
More than 40 skittlers took part in the event which marked the occasion in a suitably memorable way.
John Bomford, the only surviving member of the original set, attended the event and captained his team, Team Bomford.
A successful evening was rounded off with Jackie Edmunds, daughter of the late Ray Till, presenting the trophy to the winning team.
The trophy was an old skittle that had been restored and attached to a plinth with the inscription ‘Commemorating 50 years of skittles 1964-2014’.
Visit www.pershoresports.co.uk for more information on entering a team next season and the club’s new junior skittles club.
The winning Piddle Pinners team of Rob Perry, Alan Robinson, Richard Attwood, Mick Kohut. (s)
Jackie Edmunds, daughter of the late Ray Till, presenting the trophy to Alan Robinson from the winning Piddle Pinners team.