Margaret Riley named the new Ladies President of Bowls Durham

Newly elected Bowls Durham President Margaret Riley (centre) with past presidents at the bowling green in Welfare Park, Horden.

Newly elected Bowls Durham President Margaret Riley (centre) with past presidents at the bowling green in Welfare Park, Horden.

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A GRANDMOTHER has been bowled over by the support of her fellow players after being elected into a top role.

Margaret Riley, from Horden, is the new Ladies President of Bowls Durham, the home of bowls in County Durham.

It means she must attend every game in the county bowling world, meet and greet players, attend a meal and give speeches afterwards.

The honour comes after the 76-year-old was nominated by her team, Horden Ladies Bowls Club, which plays in the North East Bowling League and has 14 members.

“It feels absolutely wonderful,” said Margaret, who has four children and six grandchildren.

“I have always been proud to be from County Durham and I am passionate about bowling, so this is a dream job for me.

“I will do my best to fulfil my duties to ensure we have a happy and successful season.

“Let’s hope we have a successful season, with some trophies at the end of it.”

She added: “One of the main reasons I did it is because Horden has such wonderful bowling greens and we are very lucky that the parish council have given us a good changing room.”

Former factory worker Margaret took up bowling 16 years ago when she retired and after the death of her mother.

“It’s not a long time when you speak to some of the ladies in the county, some have played 30 to 40 years.”

Margaret said Bowls Durham has two teams, A and B.

The A team plays for the Northern Counties trophy and Team B plays for the Stella Logan trophy.

Team A have already won the Northern Counties trophy, beating Yorkshire on July 25, and Team B have one more game, against Cumbria at Horden’s Welfare Park on September 1, to see if they have won the Stella Logan cup.

Margaret thanked everyone for supporting her, especially Horden Ladies Bowls Club and Bowls Durham officials.