Jul 26 2012 By Andrea O'Neill
TOP bowlers from throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland travelled to East Kilbride on Saturday for one of the most prestigious events in Scotland’s bowling calendar.
Now in its 24th year, the David P Marshall Memorial Tournament at East Kilbride Bowling Club was a resounding success.
Twenty-four teams took part including international teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the current Scottish fours champions.
And after a day of competitive play West Lothian Bowling Association were crowned champions for the second year running.
As fellow competitors and spectators looked on, they beat Busby Bowling Club in the exciting final.
Since its first year in 1989, South Lanarkshire Council have supported the event by hosting a civic reception which is attended by players of the countries represented and other invited guests.
David P Marshall was a ormer president and honorary president of East Kilbride Bowling Club.
Among his many other achievements, he was a former Scottish and Lanarkshire Bowling Association councillor, treasurer of the British Isles Bowling Council, secretary of the International Bowling Board and chairman of the World Bowls Committee for the 1984 World Championships which were held in Aberdeen.
He was a man who devoted much of his time to promoting and developing the game of bowls, not only locally but also on a national and international level, by, for example, instituting the first national coaching system.
And it fell to his daughter, Morna Hickinson and Provost Eileen Logan to present the trophy to the winning team.