Club to celebrate with special day

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A special community event is being planned to help people in the borough step back in time to celebrate the centenary of a golf club.

Tynemouth Golf Club will celebrate its 100th birthday this year, and as part of the celebrations the club will host an Edwardian themed community day on Friday, May 24.

Pupils from Southlands, Priory, Christ Church and King Edward’s primary schools in the borough, will be sending their Year 6 pupils to play Edwardian games in the car park, which will be co-ordinated by Beamish Museum.

The youngsters will then get to have golf taster sessions run by the club professional John McKenna and his staff.

In addition to the games, Ringtons Tea will be sending its horse-drawn delivery van and Delaval Ice Cream will be using its period Edwardian stall.

On Thursday, May 23, a group from the British Golf Collectors’ Society will visit the club to play the original 1913 15-hole layout against a team from Tynemouth Golf Club in Edwardian dress, using hickory clubs.

Chairman of the centenary committee, Stephen Laws, said: “We really are looking forward to getting the club’s centenary celebrations underway with our hickory challenge match and the Edwardian themed sports day.

“Dressing up and playing the original 15 hole layout of the course with wooden clubs will be great, but I am sure not as much fun as the children will have when they play all the old street games our friends from Beamish have planned.”