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Unbeaten record of young at heart Not only did the Victoria Park Bowls Club B team win the crown, they went through the whole season unbeaten home and away. Not bad for a team with a combined age of 258. see below Bowing out “I’m so proud and happy at what I’ve achieved.” – Darren Barker. see below NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY Bowled over! Club wins first championship in 100 years they hope they can stay in the black for seasons to come. The club is also looking for new members, especially financial institutions which can use the club to stage their own corporate events. If you are interested talk to Monty on 7249 5989. The Thursday Fours team (l-r) Brian Jolly, Monty Deadman (also above), David Jolly and Bob Chandler (kneeling) Landlords, 3 months rent in advance 1-5 Years Guaranteed Rental Scheme * Terms & conditions apply Find out more, Properties Urgently Required in all East London Boroughs & Essex 020 8983 4444 0% Commission Fully Managed Service No Void Period Inspections every 8-12 weeks Your rent is guaranteed each month even if your property is empty! Visit our website for full detailswww.elliotleigh.com BY PETER FAULKNER VICTORIA Park Bowls Club has just ended more than 100 years of hurt… by winning their first championship. The four-man Thursday Fours team –Monty Deadman, 70, Brian Jolly, 76, his son David, 47, and captain Bob Chandler, 65 –won the Walthamstow and District League Division Two title for the first time since the club was formed in 1910. And not only did the B team win the crown, they went through the whole season unbeaten home and away. Not bad ‘Proud’ boxer Barker retires from the ring BOXER Darren Barker has decided to retire – just as East End Life predicted – after he lost his world light-middleweight title in December. The former Repton amateur star lost his world title when he was stopped in two rounds by Felix Sturm in Stuttgart, after a longstanding LOCAL MINI CABS canarywharfcars.co.uk AIRPORTS STAR 0207 790 2020 or Download App on android & iphone ''taxilondon'' smart service. AIRPORT TRANSFERS FROM £40 info@canarywharfcars.co.uk DRIVERS WANTED for a team with a combined age of 258. The title was clinched in their final match of the season at Griffin Bowls Club in Harlow – and there were only three shots in it at the finish. But they have also been invincible at their Victoria Park, Bethnal Green home ground, and they are hoping this success story could now encourage more members to join the club. “We have been encouraging more people to join and so far we have just over 50 players at the hub,” said Monty Deadman, one of the triumphant Thursday Fours players. “Hopefully this victory will attract more members and we can go from strength to strength. “Winning the title rested on our final game of the season so it was a very tense match that went one way, then the other. Fortunately we held our nerve to clinch it.” The Thursday Fours was started at a time when banks used to close half-day one day a week and this gave bank managers the opportunity to play lawn green bowls. Times have changed since then, but these days Victoria Park Bowls Club bank on their experience to find success and injury flared up. The former British, Commonwealth and European champion has had a long battle with injury but the 31-year-old, who dedicated his ring success to his late brother Gary, said: “I’m so proud and happy at what I’ve achieved.” 36 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 27 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014


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