Founding member of Carlisle bowls club finally wins championship


A founding member of Carlisle Indoor Bowls Club won her first championship - after 41 years with the club.

Mary Caddle, 68, of Belle Vue, Carlisle, has been playing bowls since the early 1970s.

But after winning the women's pairs championship with partner Susan Devlin, 65, she has finally lifted a trophy.

"It was a very close game," said Mary. "We just pulled away at the end and we made it."

Mary did not want a big fuss to be made about her big win and insisted there were many, many better members.

But she is still delighted with the victory.

In the final she and Susan played against two women who they have played with in the past.

Mary said: "We have played together so it was a strange one. We were all friends playing together.

"It's competitive but at the same time it was a friendly competition."

Mary first got into bowls through her parents, who were also founding members of the Carlisle Indoor Bowls Club when it was set up in 1976.

Gradually membership of the club grew - though in recent years it has started to decline.

Mary said: "It's not as popular as it once was."

However, Mary has kept interested in bowls over the years not only because of the game itself but because of the friendly club.

She said: "When I first started to play it was something I went to with my mum and dad and I could fit it in with my family life."

Because Mary's job hours weren't flexible and she had two children, she didn't enter many competitions over the years but just played when she could.

She said: "I have got good friends there."

The bowls club has been flooded twice on Viaduct Estate Road in Carlisle and had to be completely refurbished.

After the Storm Desmond floods it took some 268 days for it to reopen and Mary praised the work the club had done to get it up and running again.

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