Fears that one of Skegness’ most popular sporting events would end have been allayed.
When a key organiser of the annual Over 55s bowls tournament informed East Lindsey District Council that they would no longer be able to continue running the tournament after this year, it was thought that the future of the event could be in jeopardy.
But just as the authority was set to launch an appeal to save the competition, the position was quickly filled.
When organisers of eight years Ian and Kath Morris and Rob Millar lost fellow organiser Jim Orton after departing Skegness, a void was left.
“The logistics of organising the competition had become too much,” said Ian.
“It’s very time consuming, it takes a whole year to organise the week’s tournament and we generate all the sponsorship ourselves,” added Kath.
However, organisers rallied, enlisting the help of Simon Reeson of the planet bowls.com circuit to ensure the event continues,
In the week prior, the Planetbowls competition is set to act as curtain raiser for the over 55s tournament and will attract some of the country’s top players.
Not only will the bowls enthusiasts who take part in the event be delighted, but also the organisers.
“To join a Planetbowls event with this tournament was too good to pass up,” said Simon.
Nigel Tett, chairman of Skegness East Coast and Wolds Hospitality Association (SECHWA), said: “The tournament is not just a milestone in the bowling calendar but also kegness as a whole. It was a dark moment at SECHWA when we learnt it may not have continued.
“Now we understand it will and we look forward to serving and assisting them and sponsoring them for the years to come.”
Skegness Mayor George Saxon said: “The tournaments bring thousands of bowls players to Skegness each year, not including friends, family and spectators who come to watch.
“It’s good for trade in the town and long may it carry on and perhaps with new involvement the youth can be encouraged to give it a try - it’s a great game.”