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Invasion - B&Bs Wanted!
bowlers and their partners will invade Stranraer next month.
They will be in town to play in the two-day Grand Four-Bowl
Open Pairs tournament.
But, so many
people want to come that organiser Susan Kelly has the headache
of finding bed and breakfast accommodation for them all. She
is confident of an entry of 150 pairs for the event, which
is offering a top prize of £300. With partners that means
around 400 people in the area on the weekend of Saturday and
Sunday, 23rd and 24th September.
Now Susan has
turned to the 'Free Press' for help. Through us she is appealing
to bed and breakfast operators in the district.
"I have already
booked all the bed and breakfast accommodation I used last
year and some more but people are still entering and the
closing date is not until 10th September", she explained.
The deal for
the competition, which is advertised throughout Southern Scotland
and Northern Ireland with the aid of 480 posters, is B&B at
£30 for the two nights per person.
"I would be
grateful if people willing to offer accommodation at that
price would contact me on 01581 200294", Susan added.
Last year greens
at Stranraer, West End and Castle Kennedy were used to stage
the competition. This year, Susan has also asked for the use
of Kirkcolm and Sandhead. Fortunately, Stagecoach Western
have given her a good deal to transport competitors between
A major attraction
of the event, apart from the prize money, is that everyone
is guaranteed at least two games with first round losers going
into a plate competition for which is there is a first prize
of £50. This is just the second year of the event - Susan
was approached last year to organise the event aimed primarily
at bringing people into the town at a traditionally quiet