Friends just keep bowling along...

READY TO BOWL Muriel Richards, left, and Edna Knowles.   Picture: Steve Reid (112912-905)
READY TO BOWL Muriel Richards, left, and Edna Knowles. Picture: Steve Reid (112912-905)
Picture: Isle of Wight Radio/PA Wire

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THEY might be celebrating their 90th birthdays, but these two ladies aren’t planning on giving up on their bowling club any time soon.

Muriel Richards and Edna Knowles have both been playing bowls for years and are committed members of the Thorngate short mat bowls club.

And despite reaching their 90th milestone, they refuse to give up the sport just yet.

They both play bowls at Thorngate Halls every Tuesday morning.

Muriel from Alver Bridge View, has been playing for 30 years.

She said: ‘I like the social side of it. It’s a friendly club. And we don’t take it too seriously.

‘It’s more of a pleasure to come and play.’

Edna, from South Street, has been playing bowls for around 20 years.

She is a member of another local bowling club too.

She added: ‘I love it. It’s good exercise as well and you meet friends.

‘I don’t think age matters, as long as you want to do it.

‘You can do anything. Nobody thinks I am my age at all.

‘I do all sorts of things, I belong to several committees.

‘I think you are as old as you feel. I don’t feel 90 at all.’

Chairman of the club Jim Barry said he is thrilled Muriel and Edna are keeping up their hobby.

‘They come along every week,’ he said.

‘What keeps them going is most of our members, like most bowling clubs, have the average age of between 70 and 90.’

He added: ‘It’s not just the physical activity that keeps them going, it’s the social side too.

‘Since being chairman I have always promoted the social side of our club.

‘We regularly have 80 members on a Tuesday. Until a couple of weeks ago we had a very long waiting list.’

The club is holding a fundraising day in October to raise money for the redevelopment of Thorngate Halls.

The ballroom floor was recently replaced after it was damaged by flooding in November last year.

They are hoping to invite bowling clubs from across the area to get involved and raise some money for Gosport Community Association.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 27 from 9am until 5pm.