A seasoned look at life - April 11, 2013

Roy Edmonds
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ANYONE for tennis or have you still got cold feet? Well, how about a party then?

South Shore Lawn Tennis Club is marking 40 years at Midgeland Road with a big reunion bash tomorrow night.

It welcomes members, past or present, and anyone interested – with hot food and live entertainment from band, comedian and DJ until late.

Blackpool’s leading club was previously based down the road in South Shore, before moving to its present large site on Marton Moss.

Its international junior tournament and summer barbecues were renowned.

Teams topped league tables and members included Stanley Matthews Junior, the last British youngster to win Wimbledon.

Today it still has a mix of surfaces, spacious clubhouse and – most importantly – the coast’s only indoor court.

The club, affectionately dubbed the Racquets & Whippets in this column, had downs as well as ups but always won for sociability and character.

She Who Knows was hard-working lady captain for years. The only time her legs went a little weak was when Britain’s Number One, the then dashing Roger Taylor, smiled at her from a bar stool.

Many graced its courts, including show stars playing seasons in the resort and, as in all sport, passions sometimes rose high.

One beefy chap famously had a league suspension after literally knocking out his truculent opponent on court. Another veteran gent playing mixed doubles collapsed and was attended by a GP member.

“I can smell drink on him!” exclaimed the shocked doctor.

“Hardly, he only had a cocktail or two,” defended his lady partner.

After battling turbulent times, the club’s own health is improving.

A trio of committed patrons has taken over and spruced up the clubhouse, while enthusiastic members aim to boost recreational opportunities. The club also hosts croquet, table tennis, snooker, pool, keep-fit and dancing.

Hopefully, both past and future will prove winning partners at tomorrow’s party. It should be game, set and match for everyone as we all start equal . . . at love all!

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