Blackpool Illuminations Bowling Festival 2015

Many thanks to all that participated in the 24th Illuminations Classic Bowling Festival, and once again made it a memorable and enjoyable event. It was a pleasure to welcome all the familiar and new faces to the Bowling Festival, and we look forward to welcoming you all for many years to come.

We were pleased to see that the number of Bowlers attending the festival had risen from last year, and for the first time in a long while, we had more gentlemen bowlers than we did ladies.

Despite having some rain early on the very first day, it did not dampen the mood amongst the bowlers who kicked off the tournament around the greens in the Blackpool vicinity, and as always with some fantastic bowls being played in the Main Singles and Mixed Pairs events at the NPL Thornton, Cleveleys WMC, Jubilee Gardens, Carleton BC, Gardeners Arms, Park Club and Bispham Cons, managed to produce some surprising results, making way for a very exciting Finals Day at the Waterloo.

With thanks to friends and supporters, the Waterloo was very vibrant with the sound of cheers and chants, and with the sun out made way for a perfect Finals day. Pat Lonsdale and Sylvia Kennaugh started off the Ladies Plate Pairs final in style by overcoming Philippa Taylor & Joyce Ogden, and in the Men’s Plate Pairs Pete Waggett and Steve Crowther became Champions with Jack Varley & Keith Smith runners-up, in a close game finishing 8-11. Each Pair of Champions were given a Bowls Bag each courtesy of the festivals sponsor, Taylor Bowls.

In the Men’s Consolation Final, Barry Robinson played Steve McManus, and claimed the game, whilst in the Ladies Consolation Final Carol Burns played Janet Taylor, in which turned out to be a thrilling close game ending 15-14. Once again Taylor Bowls provided prizes for the Consolation Champions, offering them a pair of bowls each.

In the Mixed Pairs Finals, with both sets of supporters at their loudest, Brian & Barbara Smith provided some fantastic bowls against Ted & Ann Harrington, and claimed the game to become Champions.

The Men’s Main Final was played between Steve Mellor and Colin Wortley, and after a thrilling game between the two, Steve Mellor became the 2015 Champion, with Colin as runner up. In the Ladies Main Final, two very experienced bowlers, Veronica Lyon & Liza Harrison, came head to head once again, in what turned out to be one of the best games of the finals day; despite Liza leading for most of the game, Ronni once again showed us why she has won so many previous competitions, and once again won a thrilling game ending 21-19, after being 14 – 3 dwon to some excellent bowling from Liza.

Presentation Night was presented in the Caunnaugh Suite at the Norbreck Hotel, with no other than the renowned Brian Duncan as the guest of honour, closing off what once again, had been a fantastic event.

We would like to thank the Norbreck Castle for all their assistance, and enabling us to host our event once again at the Hotel; all the Greens that allowed us the use their services; the referees from the North Lancs and Fylde Referees Association who put so much into this event; our sponsors Taylor Bowls who once again providing amazing prizes, and last but certainly not least, yourselves - who all took part in what has been a memorable festival, and we hope to see you all once again very soon.

LADIES PLATE PAIRS

Pat Lonsdale (Bradford) & Sylvia Kennaugh (Isle of Man)                                               11

Philippa Taylor & Joyce Ogden (Isle of Man)                                                        3

MEN’S PLATE PAIRS

Pete Waggett & Steve Crowther               (Stockport)                        11

Jack Varley & Keith Smith (Isle of Man)                                  8

LADIES CONSOLATION

Carol Burns (Wigan)                        15

Janet Taylor (Oldham)                   14

MEN’S CONSOLATION

Barry Robinson(Carnforth)         15

Steve McManus (Southport)         8

MIXED PAIRS

Brian & Barbara Smith (Burnley)                                15

Ted & Ann Harrington (Liverpool)             11

LADIES MAIN

Veronica Lyon (Whiston)              21

Liza Harrison (Burnley)                   19

MEN’S MAIN

Steve Mellor (Oldham)                  21

Colin Wortley (Bingley)                  15

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