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Bygone Stanley - Crown Green Bowling


Yet another annual event in Stanley which was well attended by the Stanley Lane End/Lake Lock residents was the bowling final held at Stanley Working Mens Club. A cup presented for this occasion by the local coal owners, J. & J. Charlesworth was always given to the winning competitor bv one of their senior officials.

The bowling green was kept in good condition by a part-time groundsman who also kept the gardens around it tidy and well stocked with flowers and bushes. Bowls was a very popular game and almost all the members of the club took part. In the late spring, summer and early autumn, there was always someone having a game of bowls. The club had two teams and every Saturday during the season one of the teams would be playing their opponents before many of the village's residents.

I must mention a few of the very. skilful players I remember - George Westerman, Charles Burkinshaw, George Ramsden, Percy Goldthorpe.... It was sad to see such a wonderful bowling arena go to decay. I often ask myself, as a villager, "Why did we allow this to happen?"

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