Butlins comes to rescue of visually impaired bowlers

Butlin's has come to the rescue of a group of visually impaired bowlers.
Butlin's has come to the rescue of a group of visually impaired bowlers.

In comparison to other parts of the country we have been very fortunate in not having the same terrible flooding in Skegness.

Although The Pier Bowl, Skegness where a group of visually impaired bowlers had been playing in the National Blind Tenpin Bowling Association League since 2005, were seriously affected, with no venue in which to bowl.

The bowlers had just played their third match of the winter season when disaster struck and staff informed the group that unfortunately they had to close down and wouldn’t be open until Easter 2014, if work goes to plan.

The disappointed group had qualified for attendance at the finals eight times, travelling at their own cost to Crewe for a number of years. Last year the group travelled to Wigan for a three day event.

The dilemma was, how could the group continue and meet the time scale of the matches when they had nowhere to play,

There are three teams in the league and matches are played fortnightly, scores have to be sent into league officials within four days of the match taking place.

With the group, travelling from Mablethorpe, Louth, Horncastle, Spilsby, as well as Skegness the problem of location and transport was a huge headache.

However, Butlins’ Rob Bruton, Butlins Operations Manager came to the rescue.

Despite undertaking their own refurbishment he pulled out all stops to enable the group to continue their match games at Butlins.

They were looked after by the manager of Hotshots, Taylor Gurney and mechanic Wayne Strugess, who helps with the group and the scoring.

The teams could not praise Butlins staff too highly.

A spokesperson for the group said: “From the moment teams arrived all staff members gave 100 percent, they obviously enjoy their job, everyone is friendly and helpful and it is testimony to Butlins and the attitude of Skegness that in times of crisis someone comes to the rescue.”

To join the team, all bowlers have to be at least 17 years old and registered as sight impaired or be severely Sight Impaired.

Volunteers help to carry the ball to the lane, guide the visually impaired person, describe the course direction and inform which pins are still standing and keep bowlers up to date of the scores.

Anyone interested in bowling or volunteering, or perhaps sponsoring the teams who are saving for new shirts, please contact Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society on 01507 605604.