A sum­mer fete to re­mem­ber

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

Burn­side Bowl­ing Club are hop­ing to top their best ever sum­mer fete - which was held over 20 years ago.

For on the Glas­gow Fair week­end, 1994, the bowl­ing club, lo­cated on Burn­side Road, held a hugely suc­cess­ful fete which brought in the crowds from Burn­side and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

There was a great turnout largely due to the warm sunny day that en­sured a great day out for all.

The club had many at­trac­tions in­clud­ing bot­tle stalls, bric-a–brac and face paint­ing as well as many other stalls and ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the crowds fully en­ter­tained.

There was also a cake stall and the tea room was fully sup­ported by the club’s lady mem­bers who en­joyed bak­ing for the day and joined in by help­ing the food dis­ap­pear as record num­bers clam­bered for the home bak­ing.

The bar also went down well and at that time the club had vol­un­teer bar staff from the gents sec­tion and at peak times five mem­bers manned the bar dur­ing the day to en­sure ev­ery­one was well wa­tered and kept cool.

One of the ac­tiv­i­ties on the bowl­ing green was a near­est the bot­tle tar­get bowls game with the bowl clos­est to the bot­tle win­ning the prize. A young Marc Stir­ratt suc­ceeded in this event and won a bot­tle of whisky for his ef­fort, which was duly con­fis­cated by his dad.

Marc, like many oth­ers who at­tended that day got the bowl­ing bug and he joined as a ju­nior mem­ber and went on to win the Gents Se­nior Cham­pi­onship.

The 1994 fete was pro­claimed as “the most suc­cess­ful fete in our history” by then Club Pres­i­dent Ge­off McNee. And now the club are hop­ing to top it, for this year they have once again got a host of ac­tiv­i­ties planned.

It will be held this Satur­day (July 18) from 1.30pm till 4pm.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude face paint­ing, tar­get bowls, beat the goalie, tombolla, bot­tle stall as well as cake and candy.

Mem­ber of the club Ken­neth Stir­ratt said: “There will also be the chance to throw a wet sponge at some­one you have wanted to for a while!

“The bar and tea room will also be in full swing and all mem­bers, friends and those who are look­ing for some­where to go for a good af­ter­noon will be welcome. En­trance is free so come along and see if we can achieve the same crowds and happy faces that we did 21 years ago.”

Well done Marc Stir­ratt win­ning the bot­tle prize pre­sented by Club Pres­i­dent Ge­off McNee at the 1994 fete

Piece of cake For­mer Club Sec­re­tary John Cameron keep­ing a watch­ful eye over the Burn­side ladies do­ing a great trade at the cake stall in 1994

Win­ner Tombola prize win­ner Bunty Cham­bers be­ing pre­sented by Club Pres­i­dent Ge­off McNee

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