Ipswich: Annual memorial bowls tournament is played out in glorious sunshine

Rob Stanes, second from left, with friends at the annual Tom Stanes memorial bowls tournament.

Rob Stanes, second from left, with friends at the annual Tom Stanes memorial bowls tournament. - Credit: Archant

More than 100 people took advantage of the glorious sunshine and scorching temperatures as they turned up in support of an annual memorial lawn bowls tournament.

Rob Stanes, 34, first set up the Tom Stanes Memorial Cup after his dad died in 2007 following a battle with cancer at the age of 54.

Since his death, the tournament at Stone Lodge Bowls Club, in Salmet Close, Ipswich, has continued to grow in popularity as people pay tribute to Tom, who played bowls for 20 years.

Mr Stanes said: “When my dad passed away I said, ‘can I have a day for my dad’, and they gave me that. We never believed it would carry on for so long but we are in the 7th year now and it is amazing.”

Just under 150 people turned up to this year’s event, with an estimated 100 people playing in the tournament throughout the day last Sunday.

As well as the tournament, people who attended the event were also treated to a barbecue, a raffle and plenty of drinks throughout the day.

Mr Stanes said he was overwhelmed with how popular the tournament has continued to be.

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He added: “It’s mind blowing in some respects but it is heart wrenching as well.

“You can never be complacent with something like this and you can’t just expect people to turn up.

“But when you see people laughing and joining in every year, it is amazing.

“You never take it for granted.”

Mr Stanes also thanked the sponsors of the day, which included All Glass and DPL Electrical.

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