Special thank-you to June for her service to short mat bowls in Cambridgeshire
A woman who has dedicated nearly 35 years to her favourite past time has been recognised with a special presentation.
June Parrish, and her husband Claud, have been stalwarts of the county's Short Mat Bowls Association since its inception in the late 1980s and were still helping out and turning out for their club up until lockdown.
Unfortunately ill-health has meant they have both been forced to give up the game, which has seen them win numerous county titles including the pairs, triples and quadruples.
On Friday June, 86, who has held a number of officer positions within the Cambridgeshire association, including league secretary, treasurer - a role she had for over 22 years - and membership secretary, was presented with a well-deserved thank-you gift by association chair, Barry Fox.
June and Claud began their playing careers with Manea Short Mat Bowls Club, where they were among the founding members. They played for the village side before they moved to March when Claud retired from farming.
They then took up playing with the town's Braza team, initially just as club members without playing in tournaments as they were still playing for Manea.
But June said: "In the end we decided it would be better to just play for the Braza and so that's what we did and we played for them for over 25 years."
Her playing days were brought to a close because of problems with her legs, but despite that she still went along to matches to help with teas and refreshments right up until lockdown.
"When lockdown came we were unable to play, and that's when I decided it was time to retire. Claud, whose 90, had also been forced to give up because of problems with his hands, which meant he could no longer grip the bowl, so it seemed a good time to call it a day," said June.
The presentation, which had been delayed because of the pandemic, was made at the March Indoor Bowls Club, the county's home venue, which was hosting a tournament on Friday evening.
"They interrupted play just for me," said June, who was presented with a floral arrangement and a glass trophy that will sit proudly alongside those she won in her playing days.