BIRTHDAY CAKE: The Evans Head Bowling Club's 80th birthday cake. Photo contributed.
BIRTHDAY CAKE: The Evans Head Bowling Club's 80th birthday cake. Photo contributed. Contributed

Rain fails to stop party

BAD weather was not going to deter Evans Head Bowling Club members from celebrating the familiar institution's 80th birthday two weekends ago.

Despite plenty of rain falling over the weekend of birthday celebrations, more than 80 people turned out for the Saturday night dinner dance and 130 bowlers from clubs all around the Northern Rivers were on the greens for a game of bowls.

"We had clubs from East Lismore to Kyogle come to celebrate," Evans Head Bowling Club chairman John Forshaw said.

"We even had representatives from Northcote in New Zealand."

While Saturday night was a chance for members to "let their hair down" and dance the night away, Sunday saw the official bowling club members enjoy a lunch prepared by local caterers Eddie and Sue.

The State President of the Royal NSW Bowling Association, Ian McKnight, was in attendance, along with the two district presidents, Cec Stenner and Judy Soward.

"The weekend has gone exceptionally well," Mr Forshaw said. "We are very pleased with the response, even with such adverse weather conditions."

Such sentiments were echoed by the Evans Head ladies' and men's bowling presidents, Merle Swanson and Robin Montague.

"It's all been pretty special, as you can see how far the club's come in 80 years," Ms Swanson said.

"It's been fantastic, other than the weather," Mr Montague agreed.

Community bowls will be starting up again in November, every Tuesday night.

Businesses and groups are encouraged to get a team of four together to enter the competition.

The last competition prompted 56 new people to take to the greens.



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