103-year-old tennis doyenne’s ace afternoon

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A centenarian who was instrumental in saving Campbeltown Lawn Tennis Club (CLTC) in 1945, cut a ribbon to declare its new pavilion formally open.

Last Sunday, on the eve of this year’s Wimbledon championships, CLTC secretary Catherine Dobbie welcomed Ailsa Stewart, who first played tennis in India during the 1920s before moving to the UK, aged 16, in 1930.

Mrs Stewart, holding a pair of scissors like a racquet completed the ceremony and said: ‘I am so glad Catherine has done so much for Campbeltown tennis.’

Afterwards over strawberries and cream Mrs Stewart reminisced about her years as secretary and some of the tough decisions necessary to save the club from developers after the war.

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CLTC secretary Catherine Dobbie claps as Ailsa Stewart cuts the ribbon. 25_c27tennis10