A new Broadstairs Pétanque Club has risen from the ashes of the Brown Jug club which ended when licensee Jenny Skadder retired in January and the pub closed its doors.
The new team has since travelled to the French twinning town of Wattignies for a weekend of petanque and friendship.
Sixteen members made the trip, bolstered by two Kent petanque players Scott and Dean Ashby.
On the last visit by the French to the Brown Jug in Broadstairs in 2018, Wattignies lost. However, this year they have regained the trophy with a convincing win over Broadstairs.
The annual President’s trophy was won and retained by the French President Jean-Claude Casamajor.
The players were given comfortable accommodation and treated to French cuisine over both days of the weekend and look forward to the Wattignies visiting Broadstairs and St Peters in September 2020.
The newly formed club is based at the Broadstairs cricket ground, and boasts amongst its members Rowland Jones, England’s current No 1 player who has, and is now, representing England at World and European Petanque Championships.