HISTORIC: Members of Ballina men’s bowling club celebrate the club’s centenary.
HISTORIC: Members of Ballina men’s bowling club celebrate the club’s centenary. Doug Eaton

Ballina club 100 years young

KEN FRAMPTON doesn't feel like the president of a club that has just turned 100.

In fact, Frampton is a relative youngster after joining the Ballina men's bowling club about 21 years ago.

But yesterday a group of about 160 past and present players and dignitaries kicked up their heels to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the club.

“It was a chance to catch up with old friends and make some new friends and celebrate the 100th anniversary,” Frampton said.

Ben Gibson, the great-great-grandson of the founder of the club, Hugh Gibson, was on hand to roll the first bowl, while the chairman of the board, Albert Biggs, a relation of club stalwarts Effie and Jack Biggs, rolled the first jack.

Guest of honour was State bowls chief Ian McKnight, who attended a lunch at the club's picturesque headquarters in Cherry Street.

Frampton said it was a 'fantastic' club to be a part of.

“I would like to make mention of the unstinting help of Ann Steel and Kelly Butler, who did all the organising and decorated the dining hall, and to Alan Brown, who did an awful lot to the organisation but couldn't be here on the day,” Frampton said.

The 100th anniversary celebrations will continue this weekend when the club throws open its doors to all its members.



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