May is bowls champ at 94

Sporty OAP sees off com­peti­tors to lift cup

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A woman from Ruther­glen has seen off some stiff com­pe­ti­tion to win an in­door bowls tro­phy - at the grand old age of 94.

This week, May MacGre­gor col­lected the Ju­bilee Cup at the Ruther­glen Old Parish Church, where she has played bowls weekly for five months.

The mother of two is a mem­ber of Tem­ple­ton Bowl­ing Club but also at­tends the car­pet bowls at the church ev­ery Mon­day.

Through­out Oc­to­ber to March, May played in var­i­ous bowls cat­e­gories which en­abled her to keep fit and so­cialise.

She col­lected the tro­phy at the church’s AGM where there was a prize giv­ing cer­e­mony for all the mem­bers.

And she ad­mits that she was de­lighted, if more than a lit­tle shocked, to have seen off such good com­peti­tors to take the hon­our.

May said: “I was sur­prised when I won just be­cause I was play­ing against two good play­ers. “I re­ally en­joy it. “We get a good cup of tea and we have nice ladies there as well.

“There was a lot of com­pe­ti­tions like the sin­gles, pairs and ag­gre­gate cat­e­gories. I put my name down for ev­ery­thing.

“I won the Ju­bilee Cup and won three ties on the fi­nal day.”

May is al­ready look­ing ahead to con­tin­u­ing her sport­ing ex­ploits come the sum­mer and added: “I play at the parish church on a Mon­day and at Tem­ple­ton’s on a Tues­day, but I will start play­ing out­doors in the sum­mer.”

May, who was born and bred in Ruther­glen , grew up on Green­hills Road and at­tended Burgh Pri­mary and the since de­mol­ished Gal­lowflat High School.

She was mar­ried to hus­band Bill in 1945, who was in the Royal Air Force. He re­turned from In­dia to marry May who worked at Tem­ple­ton’s Car­pet Fac­tory. Bill sadly died in 1994. The great grand­mother reg­u­larly keeps fit and healthy by walk­ing, play­ing bowls and tak­ing part in coun­try danc­ing classes af­ter teach­ing it for many years.

May, has two sons as well as three grand­chil­dren and three great grand­chil­dren — Emily, Nathan and Sam.

Her grand­daugh­ter Lynsey Coull added: “She has a bet­ter so­cial life than me and she’s a very fit lady.”

The bowl­ing club at the Old Parish Church will re­turn to com­pete for the tro­phies on Oc­to­ber 3.

If you are in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved please con­tact pres­i­dent Janet Keenan on 0141 647 8828.

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