An 89-year-old man who has represented a bowls club for more than 30 years was celebrated at a socially-distanced outdoors gathering,

Despite a long challenging season, thanks to lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic, 40 players turned out for the annual men vs women competition on Sunday, September 20.

Club members have been able to participate in internal competitions while adhering to strict guidelines issued by Bowls England in agreement with government advice.

The game saw the men edge a 72 – 65 win to claim the trophy.

Following the game there was a presentation on green to President Peter Bates who has been a member of Epping Bowls Club for 34 years. Peter will be 90 next month and a special social celebration had been planned before government changes took their toll. Instead, members gathered on the bowls green to present Peter with a personalised wine glass and bottles of red wine.

Peter said “It’s been a joy to be a member of Epping Bowls Club and enjoy a great fun atmosphere where everyone is so friendly. It is a tribute to the Club that we have been able to offer internal play for our members.

"We hope to get back to full competition and proper social events next year.”

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