SATURDAY saw the opening of Newgate Bowling Club gents’ season, marking an important event in the club’s history, the 125th anniversary season.
The Newgate was formally instituted in 1886 and the green opened for play on August 4 that year.
The present bowling green was formerly a large walled garden belonging to Newgate House which stood alone in the area now known as West Newgate.
In June, 1937, appreciation was given to the hard work undertaken by the ladies who formed a ladies’ section.
This season’s opening day saw the annual president v. vice-president game with Willie Johnston coming out on top over president Charlie Cooper.
Before the game, the delivery of the first jack by the president’s wife, Mrs June Cooper, took place and the official 125th anniversary flag was unfurled.
Several invitation games have been arranged throughout the season with members of other clubs invited to take part in mixed and midweek friendlies as part of the celebrations.
The first night of the Monday Points League will take place on Monday, April 18.
Draws and selections
The draws and team selections for the early competitions are displayed on the noticeboard.
Members are asked to pay attention to the dates and times in which they are involved.
Friendlies arranged for tomorrow (Saturday) are home and away to Invergowrie. The bus for the away game will leave at 1 p.m. for a 2 p.m. start.
Matches arranged for Saturday, April 23, are at home to the Abbey and away to Lochee.
Ladies’ president Mrs Ruth Ferguson welcomed the lady members to their opening day held in brilliant sunshine on Sunday.
Four rinks enjoyed the afternoon’s bowling with the honours ending even.
The first friendly for the ladies is at home to Arbroath on Tuesday, April 19.