Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bowls Ready to Face Their New Waterloo

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bowls Ready to Face Their New Waterloo

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BOWLS The organisation behind the new-look Waterloo Handicap is urging bowlers to get behind their attempts to help make sure that the game's most famous event is not lost.

Jimmy Parker has quit his job as bowls manager at the seaside venue and has taken the former Waterloo Spring Handicap, now the Blackpool Classic, and Mixed Pairs to the Raikes Hall Hotel in Blackpool.

Meanwhile, the Waterloo itself has a new leaseholder in Peter Flynn, owner of the wellknown Tangerine Club. And he is being helped in the short term by a working party headed by Brian Duncan, a record five-time winner of the big title, to make sure that other 2013 events at the Waterloo continue.

They have taken over the 2013 running of the Ladies Waterloo, the Ladies Pairs, the Junior Waterloo and the Waterloo Handicap itself, which culminates in finals day on September 18.

The leaseholder and site owner of the Waterloo are pledging to revamp the pub, the bowling green and its surrounds, and the pub itself is set to re-open early in June - shortly before the qualifying rounds of the Ladies Waterloo, which gets under way on June 7. …

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