Dane Park Bowls Club has rounded off its centenary year with a match against the Bowls England Celebration Team.
Dane Park was the only club in Kent to be granted the match against the prestigious team of the country’s top players, including President and Buckinghamshire player Terri Keen, team captain Robert Markham -representing East Sussex- and a contingent of county players including Kent.
Bowls England organise a programme of celebration matches for affiliated clubs as recognition and as a reward for the brilliant work that they are doing.
The matches can acknowledge significant anniversary or achievement at a club and the Celebration Match schedule is an important part of the event calendar each year.
Dane Park Bowls Club was established in 1922 and marked the milestone in April with events at the bowling green in Dane Park attended by Margate Mayor Mick Tomlinson, North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale, local councillors and 2022 club members.
The match against the celebration team, also featuring Dane Park club president Bernard Allen and club captain Steve Doyle, was a 3-3 draw but Dane Park lost 120-137 on points.
Club secretary Lindsey McGinley said: “It was a real coup to get the celebration match as there are only 20 across country for the whole season and we were the only Kent team to be given a match. It is quite prestigious.”
Find out more about the club at http://www.daneparkbowls.co.uk/