100 years of excellence

Mayor Roger Allen with Amina Bailey and Rebecca Hase planting a centenary rose bush at the Edwardian tea party.
Mayor Roger Allen with Amina Bailey and Rebecca Hase planting a centenary rose bush at the Edwardian tea party.

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A POPULAR tennis club has marked the start of its centenary year with an Edwardian tea party.

The Lee-on-the-Solent tennis, squash and fitness club, in Manor Way, was established in 1911.

The club’s president hosted an Edwardian-themed tea party for around 100 visitors to formally launch a year of centenary celebrations.

Club members past and present were served tea in the grounds of the club by waitresses wearing Edwardian costumes.

Former club officials talked to guests about the club’s long history.

There was also a performance by a classic band.

The Mayor of Gosport Councillor Roger Allen later planted a centenary rose.

He then unveiled a commemorative plaque in the grounds of the club.

Eric Brierley, the club president, said: ‘I’m proud to have been a part of this club for more years than I care to remember. I’ve seen it grow from a simple tennis club to a true sporting centre of excellence and social participation.

‘We have a wealth of activities taking place this year from sporting events to our Centenary Ball.’

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