SPORT FROM THE PAST! Boston Indoor Bowls Club to turn 30

Laying the carpet at Boston Indoor Bowls Club.
Laying the carpet at Boston Indoor Bowls Club.

Happy birthday to you! In a matter of days, a Boston sporting venue will be celebrating a very special anniversary.

On August 31, 1983, work was completed on Boston Indoor Bowls Club - just in time for the 1983-84 season.

It took six months, and cost £250,000, but for the hundreds of members the club has had over the past three decades, it was certainly worth the wait, and a priceless addition to the town.

The past 30 years has seen the club produce national champions and England internationals - both young and old.

But its story began in the early 80s.

Chairman Jack Wright and his fellow members of the Boston Indoor Bowls Club committee - Len Dickinson, Alan Bates, Tom Thorlby, Les Hall and Brian Grant - realised it was time to look to the future.

Shortly before the Second World War, Boston was proud to be just the second town in the county to be able to boast indoor bowling facilities.

But as interest grew, the Threadneedle Street venue became too cramped - in terms of both membership and international demands.

The site had a fifth rink squeezed in, but they were only 36 yards in length, less than demanded for top-class competition.

Therefore, it was time to move across town to Rosebery Avenue.

The project was a success, most notably because it ran to its tight schedule, work beginning on March 1 and not running into September, allowing the new season to begin on time.

The new centre was funded by the sale of the old site to the Post Office, a loan from Boston Borough Council, who also donated the site, a grant from the East Midlands Regional Sports Council and - most impressive of all - personal loans from its members.

The facilities were officially opened on October 1, but by then action was well under way.