LYME Regis Bowls Club’s new President, Pat Cole, welcomed the Mayor, Councillor Michaela Ellis and her escort Alan, to the club on Saturday afternoon and invited her to deliver the first wood to mark the beginning of the 2018 season.
A friendly then took place between club members, in brilliant warm sunshine, followed by supper in the clubhouse.
Before bowling the first wood, Councillor Ellis wished the club another successful season. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a gift was also given to her husband.
In a unique family connection with the bowling club, the 1939 season was opened by the Mayor, Councillor Will Emmett, the current mayor’s great uncle, after which club members took on the councillors and won every rink.
The highlight of the season will be the club’s 61st tournament week from June 15-23 when bowlers from all over the country descend on Lyme.
Lyme Regis Bowls Club was founded in 1937 and is considered to be the jewel in the crown of Lyme’s recreational facilities. Its seven-rink green on Monmouth Beach is named after Charlie Mercer, a former British Isles champion.