A bowling club is rolling into fresh new premises.
Collingwood Bowling Club is moving from The Parks Sports Centre to a bowling pavilion and green at Heaton Terrace Park, North Shields.
We feel the move to the new green will give us our own identity and gives more freedom to engage with all aspects of the communityCollingwood Bowling Club vice-president Bob Miller
The club has entered into a 25-year lease for the facility, which has been unused for several years, and will maintain its own bowling green.
It is the first time in North Tyneside where responsibility for a bowling green’s upkeep has passed from the council to a club, who successfully secured sponsorship from a variety of sources.
Collingwood Bowling Club vice-president Bob Miller said: “We feel the move to the new green will give us our own identity and gives more freedom to engage with all aspects of the community, young and old.
“We know there is hard work ahead of us but with the help of our members and the backing of our sponsors we feel it is a project well worth taking on. We hope to involve people in the community to join us in our adventure.”
Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This is good news all-round.
“Collingwood Bowling Club will be in charge of the upkeep of its green and can have it to the standard of its own choosing while the council will no longer have to subsidise the maintenance cost.
“I’m delighted that the club has been successful in securing sponsorship to support the move.
“The fact we have been able to provide a long-term lease will further help it apply for future grants.”
Founded in 1902, the club and green was originally based at West End Park, North Shields, which later became part of The Parks Sports Centre.
Its new premises Heaton Terrace Park have been unused since the closure of Balkwell Bowling Club several years ago.