On a roll with kit

Mark Evans from Co-oprative Funeral Care with Owton Lodge Ladies Bowling Club members Margie Dawson, Sue Welsh, Carole Wynn, Janet Ridpath and Iris Goldsbrough in their new polo shirts
Mark Evans from Co-oprative Funeral Care with Owton Lodge Ladies Bowling Club members Margie Dawson, Sue Welsh, Carole Wynn, Janet Ridpath and Iris Goldsbrough in their new polo shirts

A LADIES bowls team has been kitted out in a new uniform as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations thanks to a generous funeral service provider.

Co-operative Funeralcare at Strathmore House, in Hartlepool, has provided sponsorship for 30 shirts for the Owton Lodge Ladies bowling team.

The shirts were provided after the club’s secretary Janet Ridpath contacted the service’s manager Robin Hardy asking for help with sponsorship.

Mr Hardy said: “Mrs Ridpath came into to see me and explained that they were getting new shirts for their 60th anniversary and asked if we could help.

“I said ‘yes we can’. They are doing really well, and with it being their 60th anniversary it is a special occasion for them so weere delighted to be able to help.

“The Co-operative is associated with world bowls and it’s good that we can help a local club and give something back to the local community.”

Mrs Ridpath, 68, from the Grange Road area of Hartlepool, has been with the club since 1988.

She said: “I sent a letter to The Co-operative Funeralcare at Strathmore House thanking them.

“We will be very proud to wear the shirts and I think we will look very smart when we go outdoors.

“We are very grateful, it was just on the off-chance that I went in to see Mr Hardy.”

The club, which meets at the clubhouse next to the Owton Lodge pub, plays in the North East Ladies Bowling League, was set up in 1953.

Joyce Newton, 88, a founder member who was secretary for 29 years, still supports the team and before Mrs Ridpath, the previous secretary was Kath Ansell.

Mrs Ridpath said: “I was the champion of the club over the last two years and have been runner-up a few times.

“I think what’s good about bowls is the camaraderie, getting out in the fresh air, exercise and it keeps you fairly fit.”