Edith Rutty, 7, left, and sister Nancy, 8, present flowers to Mayor Carol Bower at the official opening of the club house. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

Bowlers are celebrating after the official opening of a newly refurbished and extended clubhouse.

West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower performed the honour at a special ceremony held at King’s Lynn Bowls Club last weekend.

The club, based in Beulah Street, Gaywood, has upgraded its existing clubhouse and made use of vacant space to extend facilities.

Club committee member, Mavis Coates, said: “The new clubhouse will make such a big difference.

“The whole place is bubbling and we just can’t believe the transformation. It is incredible and everyone at the club is thrilled.”

Hats off to Linda Oakey who had the idea for the Bowlers Bar. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

Club captain Trevor Oakey and his wife Linda, and club secretary Geoffrey Bonnick, have all been made life members in recognition of their huge efforts on the project.

The club, formed in 1974, offers social bowling as well as league bowls and club competitions.

Construction work began at the end of last year’s bowls season and has continued throughout the winter.

The club also made use of its own army of manpower, with volunteers heavily involved in planning and delivering the project.

Others gifted things for use in the new facility, including items for the new kitchen, while Bateman’s Brewery donated equipment for the new bar area.

New changing rooms, toilets  and an access ramp have also been installed, plus new furniture and carpets.

A repayable grant from Sport England, donations and club funds have helped to meet the costs of upgrading the clubhouse.

Members will continue to fundraise so new windows and a new roof can be installed in the future.

For more on King’s Lynn Bowls Club visit www.kingslynnbowlsclub.co.uk

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