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Entries boost for September Bowling Festival 15 August 2005

    Entries for the men’s section of the Isle of Man September Bowling Festival, promoted by the Department of Tourism and Leisure, are the highest for 13 years. A total of 448 bowlers will be taking part, the largest number at either the June or September events since 1992.

    The ladies’ competition is also holding up well with an entry list of 160. This is just three fewer than the 2004 figure which was the highest for four years. Overall, the prize fund stands at £22,000.

    Festival Director Kieron McPartland said:

    ‘The entries are excellent and what particularly pleases me is the fact that they contain a large number of first-time visitors to the Festival. This shows that we are getting recommendations from bowlers who go back to their own clubs, or pass on the message at other competitions, saying that the Isle of Man is the place to be.’

    Both last year’s winners – Ian Nicholson from the King’s Arms in Cumbria and North Ramsey’s Janet Monk - are defending their titles, while Paul Bailey from the Greville Arms in Birmingham will be attempting the 2005 double, having won the June event.

    Tourism Minister David Cretney said: ‘When I presented the awards at the conclusion of the June Festival I said I looked forward to seeing everyone back on the Island in September. The bowlers are returning in even larger numbers and it is great news that their ranks have been swelled by many others who are coming for the first time. I am sure they will enjoy the competition, and the leisure time spent on our lovely island.’

    It will be a sad occasion in many respects for the Director. Kieron McPartland, from Widnes in Cheshire, is stepping down after an involvement with the Festival spanning 20 years. He has been Festival Director for the past four and prior to that was one of the co-ordinators – a role which involves running the sheet at one of the six tournament greens.

    • Next month’s Festival runs from September 5-9.

    15th August 2005

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