The world’s best bowlers are heading to Melton as the town plays host to the finals of the EIBA National Indoor Bowls Championships.
The championships get under way at Melton and District Indoor Bowls Club tomorrow as the Leicester Road venue gears up for 10 straight days of high calibre sport.
World number one Nicky Brett will be among a host of international bowlers competing for 11 national titles, and there will be home interest, too, as Melton’s Chris Rodgers and world top 16 player Les Gillett represent the club in the pairs finals.
This year’s event has been added significance for the home club off the rinks. Club vice-chairman Arthur Broadberry is the current EIBA national president, while clubmate Jenny McConnell is vice-president.
It will be a proud occasion for Arthur who will hold the office until May when he hands over the reins to Jenny.
They will officially open the event with club chairman Bob Welborn, and Mayor of Melton John Wyatt at 1.30pm tomorrow (Friday).
Arthur said: “It’s been very good and rewarding, but hectic! Since January 20 I’ve only had four or five nights at home. Luckily I have a very understanding wife who also plays bowls!
“I shall miss it. The amount of people you get to meet is unreal, but I’m ready for a rest.
“Jenny has been with me at every match and has given me tremendous support throughout the year.”
Bob added: “It’s an honour for the club. I don’t think it has ever happened before that a president has handed over to someone from the same club.”