Hunstanton stalwart Basil receives a surprise award

Lynne Playford ' Alive Leisure,  Thomas Cooper ' winner of the Basil Johnson Junior Cup, Basil Johnson, Alive Leisure Board member - Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds

Lynne Playford ' Alive Leisure, Thomas Cooper ' winner of the Basil Johnson Junior Cup, Basil Johnson, Alive Leisure Board member - Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds

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More than 250 bowlers from across the country took part in the Hunstanton and District Open Bowls Tournament 2015 at Cliff Parade Bowls Club last week.

Alive Leisure in conjunction with a committee from Cliff Parade Bowls Club ran the annual event and welcomed players from as far as Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Kent.

The week was full of friendly competition and thanks go to Sue and Tony Clare and their team from the Cliff Parade Bowls Club and also thanks to Jeff Tucker and his assistant for umpiring.

A huge thank-you also goes to all the sponsors for their valued support.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Alive Leisure Board Member, said: “This year’s competition has gone very well. Sue and her committee at Cliff Parade have done a fantastic job in staging the tournament. Everybody enjoys the week and it is always commented how friendly and welcoming everyone is. Well done to all who took part and congratulations to the winners.”

After the presentation of the tournament trophies a surprise presentation was made to Basil Johnson by his son Andrew. Basil organised the very first tournament in 1981 and carried on organising the competition for the best part of 30 years.

He was presented with a bench and embroidered cushion overlooking the Cliff Parade bowls greens which is hoped will give many people a place to stop and watch not only the annual tournament but the many games that Cliff Parade have each summer.

Sponsors and competition winners of 2015

OPEN SINGLES (sponsored by Bowling Tours) winner: M King.

JUNIORS (sponsored by T Moore): T Cooper.

MEN’S PAIRS (sponsored by Boston Bowls Supplies): M King, P Hunter.

LADIES PAIRS (sponsored by Alive Oasis): S Ritchie, G Garrod.

MIXED PAIRS (sponsored by Searles Holiday Centre ): M J Burden, G Keeley.

MEN’S TRIPLES (sponsored by James Johnson & Co (Accountancy) Ltd): M King, P Hunter, T Walton.

LADIES TRIPLES (sponsored by The Salad Bowl Cafe): S Chandler, J Clifton, A Halsey.

MIXED TRIPLES (sponsored by Hunstanton Town Council): M Hicks, G Green, L Chamberlain.

CONSOLATION PAIRS: K Chapman, P Morris.

If you want to enter next year’s event, please contact Lynne Playford at Alive Sports Development on 01553 818015. Closing date for receipt of entries is April 1, 2016.