Sun shines for delayed but welcomed opening of bowling greens

Frances Brown rolled the first jack at Campbeltown Bowling Club.
Frances Brown rolled the first jack at Campbeltown Bowling Club.

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The sun shone last Saturday as Campbeltown’s two bowling clubs marked the delayed but much welcomed official opening of their greens.

At Campbeltown Bowling Club, president David Brown’s wife Frances rolled the first jack across the Stronvaar green before being presented with a bouquet of flowers by youngster Ross MacSporran.

Afterwards, 26 playing members competed in the traditional presidents versus vice presidents match, with vice president Angus Brodie’s side proving victorious.

A club spokesperson said: ‘Everyone enjoyed being back on the green after so long and meeting fellow members again. It was good to see so many spectators lending their support on the day which turned out to be a bright sunny afternoon.’

Across town, at Argyll Bowling Club, president John McLachlan welcomed everyone back to play and a two-minute silence was held to remember the members, relatives and friends who passed away over the past two years.

John’s wife Jean then rolled the first jack and was presented with flowers by her granddaughter, Evie Sinclair.

Of the 30 members who attended, 24 took part in the club’s own presidents versus vice presidents game, with the vice presidents team taking a three-shot victory over the four rinks.

A club spokesperson said: ‘Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and being back on the green. Thanks to the committee and members who helped get the green and the club ready. We look forward to seeing all our members back this season.’