Bowls club re-opens after fire

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NEWLY-REBUILT March Town Bowls Club (MTBC) reopened on Saturday after a fire 18 months ago had destroyed the old pavilion.

Club president Alan Cross began proceedings with a short speech. Terry and June Hussey, from new pavilion builders TM & J Hussey, performed the opening ceremony, after which a game of bowls was played.

Club secretary Bob Plater said: “We are now the only club in the county that can boast these facilities and two outdoor greens.

“People after games go and enjoy a chat and a drink - and that’s what we missed last year at home, when we had to use portable changing facilities.

“I never thought I had to say this, but last year I really enjoyed playing away.”

The new brick-and-tile pavilion has disabled toilets, men’s and women’s changing rooms and toilets, full kitchen facilities, a hall and dance area, and a bar.

MTBC moved to The Avenue in the early 1970s, but the old wooden building was destroyed by fire in November 2009 and rebuilding work began in September 2010.

The club hosts its first and ‘A’ teams, plus Fenland Police, and this year will hold the finals of the North Cambs Bowling Association (NCBA). NCBA and Bowls Cambridgeshire were among the visitors represented at the opening.