Beverley Town Tennis Club marked their 100th Anniversary with a special event at their clubhouse.
Founded in 1919 the club captain says they are still going strong while he also adds the club are due to make improvements.
Paul Barnett, Club Captain at Beverley Town Tennis Club said;
“Today is a special birthday as on the 25 March 1919 was formed here at Norwood. Previously it had played down Mill Lane and came here when the Cricket Club came in 1907.”
“Originally the club played on just two courts which were on the outfield of the cricket pitches. IN 1920 that changed when we bought this field and built five tennis courts.”
“We have also recently raised money to refurbish our courts. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has provided £21,000 while we have got £3,000 from our own club and also £3,000 from Tesco.”
“As we play on grass courts which are a hundred years old they are showing a bit of wear and tear. We have plans to reseed and also level them. After this work, they will be as good as new.”
The club says most people like to play on grass. While the idea of moving to an all-weather type surface would be good, the cost would be a staggering £300,000.
Currently, the tennis section has around 20 members who play in the local leagues. Paul himself has been a member since 1965. He got involved with tennis as a result of his dad fetching him to watch the cricket.
To mark the occasion the Mayor of Beverley was invited. While at the event he learnt more about the club while he also enjoyed a glass of Pimms.
Mayor Congratulates With Beverley Town Tennis Club
Commenting on his visit Mayor of Beverley Duncan Jack said;
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved with the club. It is fantastic to see that tennis is still thriving in Beverley at this club 100 years since being formed.”
“Also I am particularly pleased to learn they have a good number of members including youngsters coming through their ranks.”
“I was delighted to be invited to their event and celebrate with them this magnificent achievement.”
“On behalf of everyone in Beverley and at Beverley Town Council I wish them every success in the coming years.”
Anyone wishing to play tennis can pop along to the club on Monday. Paul says the club has all the equipment you need and it is a good chance to see if you like the sport.
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