Bowlers urged: Roll up for an ashes send-off
THE final resting place for the late Dennis and Zona Franklin will be the grounds of Darwin Bowls Club – but their son is calling on Territorians to help give them the send-off they deserve.
Their son, Dennis Franklin Jnr, is planning to scatter his parents’ ashes in Fannie Bay after a special ceremony at the club on October 28.
“Some of their ashes will be here, and some will be down at the beach,” Mr Franklin Jnr said. It’s the perfect place for the bowls enthusiasts to be laid to rest, according to Mr Franklin Jnr.
“Dad and Mum would be down here playing bowls every chance they got,” he said. “Dad was on the board.” The Franklins moved up to the Territory in 1965, and joined the club for something to do, and somewhere to drink.
In 1967, the late Mr Franklin Snr was presented with a trophy in appreciation of his sterling service as vice-president and member. He compet- ed with and on behalf of the club for years, and was loyal to his sport.
At the upcoming event on October 28, Mr Franklin Jnr wants to screen some old Super 8 film, which shows the club in the 1960s – back when the floors were hard black rubber, not soft green grass.
In his collection, Mr Franklin Jnr had some footage which was taken around Darwin, just days after Cyclone Tracy tore through in 1974.
“I don’t think some of this footage has ever been seen,” Mr Franklin Jnr said.
“Any past members of the club can come down, or families of club members.” Mr Franklin Jnr, and wife Jeanette Franklin, are keen to get their hands on a Super 8 projector so they can share the footage with anyone who wants to see it. “We just want to share what we’ve got – with families of the people who might have been playing at the club at this time,” she said. “They’re going to get a ‘wow’ factor, for sure.” Anyone able to lend or sell the couple a Super 8 projector, or wanting more event details can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Franklin Jnr and Jeanette Franklin are in Darwin to pay tribute to Dennis’ bowling enthusiast mother and father