Illuminations Classic Bowling Festival 2016

Once again our Illuminations Bowling Festival in Blackpool took place welcoming back many familiar faces as well as new ones, and for the second year running the number of bowlers had risen.

Despite the strong winds and rain on a couple of occasions, it wasn’t enough to dampen the Bowlers spirits in what was our 25th Illuminations Classic Bowling Festival. As always during the qualifying stages of the Main and Mixed Pairs events, some shock results occurred and some tight games were played on the Greens in and around Blackpool & Cleveleys such as the Park Club, Gardeners Arms, Bispham Cons., Jubilee Gardens, Cleveleys WMC and Carleton BC.

With the Finals day upon us, we could not have asked for a much better end to the tournament with the occasional burst of sunshine coming through, and the green at the Waterloo looking at its best once again, providing excellent bowling conditions for our finalists.

Kick starting the day off in the Men’s Plate Pairs competition John Armitage and Nick Dewhurst became champions following a fantastic game against Ted Harrington and Billy Wynne. In the Ladies Plate Pairs, Barbara Coles & Carol Wroe bowled fantastically in a tight game against Marjorie Haigh & Pat Lonsdale in a game winning 11-8. Courtesy of the Festival’s sponsors, Taylor Bowls, both the Men’s and Ladies Plate Pairs Champions received a Bowls Bag each.
In the Ladies Consolation Final, Doris Cargill was crowned Champion once more after a very tight game against Philippa Taylor. The Men’s Consolation Final was played between the very experienced Barry Robinson and Steve Gardner, and despite some good bowls from Steve, he was unable to prevent Barry from taking the game 15-6. Both Doris & Barry were awarded a set of Bowls, courtesy of Taylor Bowls.
Les Haylor & Sylvia Smith were crowned Mixed Pairs Champions, taking the game 15-7 against the runners up Alec & Phillipa Taylor, who were part of a considerable contingent from the Isle of Man.
After finishing runner up the Ladies Consolation Final in last years Festival, Janet Taylor went one better this year round by winning her group and was crowned the Ladies Illuminations Bowling Festival Champion, after displaying some great bowling against an experienced Veronica Lyon.  For the very first time in the history of the Balckpool Festivals, we had a repeat of the final which occurred 7 months ago in the Spring Bowling Festival, where 18 year old Marc Armitage displayed some remarkable bowling against Les Haylor from Coventry in a very close game finishing 21-19, and in doing so had managed to win both Men’s Singles Competitions in the same year. Congratulations Marc!

With the assistance of non other than Brian Duncan, Steve Rigby closed off the festival with the awards presentation in the Norbreck Castle Hotel.

We would like to express our thanks the the Norbreck Castle for once again hosting us, the Greens around Blackpool and Cleveleys that allowed us the use of 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.


Barbara Coles & Carol Wroe (Isle of Man)        11
Pat Lonsdale (Bradford) & Marjorie Haigh (Liversedge)    3


John Armitage & Nick Dewhurst (Leeds)            11
Ted Harrington & Billy Wynne (Liverpool)        2    


Doris Cargill (Warrington)    15
Phillipa Taylor (Isle of Man)    13


Barry Robinson    (Carnforth)    15
Steve Gardner (Leeds)         6


Les Haylor (Coventry) & Sylvia Smith (St. Helens)        15
Alec & Phillipa Taylor (Isle of Man)            11


Janet Taylor (Oldham)        21
Veronica Lyon (Whiston)    14


Marc Armitage (Leeds)        21
Les Haylor (Coventry)        19

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