A Crawley indoor bowls club celebrated their 30th anniversary last week by re-enacting a game held when it was first set up.
On Wednesday six teams from Grattons Indoor Bowls Club in Pound Hill played six teams from the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association (SCIBA) repeated what the clubs did when Grattons first opened in 1983.
Three founder members of Grattons Terry Foot, Mike Chippori and Alan Hilton were playing on Wednesday.
Alan, also president of SCIBA, said: “It co-incides with the 50th anniversary of SCIBA so it’s ironic it happens at this particular time.
“Bowling has its peaks and troughs. They do very well with youth bowlers and youth sides are strengthening in the county now.”
Grattons president Derek Marchant said: “I wasn’t here 30 years ago, but I’ve been 29 years and we love it. On Sunday we are hosting Sussex vs Berkshire Indoor County Competition.
“Eleven weeks ago today I had a hip operation and I was determined to be fit for this game and didn’t think I would be.
“Everything we do here is done by volunteers apart from the franchise for the restaurant and cleaners.”
Former captain Dennis Robinson said: “It’s an enjoyable sport. I find it’s great and relaxing and there’s a lot of camaraderie in it.
“We know these guys from playing in their rinks. There’s a great friendship amongst bowlers.”
Former treasurer and president Jim Tigg, one of the founder members, has not played since 2008 when his wife died, but came back to watch his friends in the historic game. He said: “It’s been the most wonderful club. People have been so supportive.
“My wife used to be the county bowlers singles champion for Surrey. In 1987 when we had the hurricane, this was the only place where sport was being played.”