Blackpool’s Vernon Lee, known as the ‘dance master’ of crown green bowls, has died, aged 89.
Lee was one of the game’s best-ever players - and by far and away the most entertaining,
The high point of his career was to win the Waterloo title in his adopted home town of Blackpool back in 1980 in what was an epic final, rated one of the best ever.
For much of that ‘80 final played on the hallowed and then pristine Waterloo turf, Lee thrilled the 4,000 crowd and the watching tv viewers with his comeback, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against Glyn Vernon.
The victory by the narrowest possible margin 21-20 was the culmination of many years of trying to win the Waterloo, the biggest, most coveted prize in crown green bowls.
He had tried for several years to win it without success - for a spell Lee had even been banned from competing in the tournament because of his membership of the professional panel.