The inaugural competition for the Bob Duff Trophy, played between the Lodge and Kirkliston Bowling Club proved to be an immense success, with great fun had by all who took part.
The sun shone throughout the event and, at the end of the day, the Bowling Club proved worthy winners, beating the 482 bowlers by 70-50. Even the presence of two reigning Provincial Grand Masters in our team couldn't save us from defeat!!!
Bro. Brian Kerley, R.W.P.G.M. of Midlothian and Bro. Bob Scott, his counterpart from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Linlithgowshire, are Honorary Members of 482.
The match was played in a totally informal mode and this was highlighted by the variety of attire on display. 'Bowling Whites' certainly weren't the order of the day!!
The trophy is named in memory of our R.W.M. Bro. Les Duff's Dad, who passed to the Grand Lodge Above in March last year and the event was organised by Bro. Alan Faichney, Bro. Bob's Son-in-Law.
Mrs Helen Duff, who also threw the 1st jack, presented the trophy to Bowling Club President, Jim Gray, in the company of our R.W.M.
Both Jim Gray and Bro. Les thanked everyone concerned for taking part and for helping to further cement the relationship between 482 and Kirkliston Bowling Club.
The duo also thanked Bro. Les's sister Linda who provided a buffet for the day and all all the other ladies who were on hand to help.
Bro. Les recorded later: "A really enjoyable afternoon in great company supplemented by glorious weather. We may have lost on the day but the memory of Dad remains and I'm sure he'd have been so proud to have seen so many friends participate in his memorial bowling competition. Many many thanks to everyone who made it possible."
Bro. Bob Duff was a member of Lodge Buchan St. John 636 and an affiliate member of 482.
You can see a selection of photographs from the event HERE.
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