Bowl me over! Phyllis celebrates five decades on the green

Bishopbriggs Bowling Club.  Phyllis Galloway longest member.'Pic Adam Law 16/04/11
Bishopbriggs Bowling Club. Phyllis Galloway longest member.'Pic Adam Law 16/04/11

GREAT-gran Phyllis Galloway has received her club’s top honour almost 50 years after taking up the sport.

The 90-year-old has been presented with an honorary life membership in recognition of her services to Bishopbriggs Bowling Club.

Phyllis joined the club 48 years ago with her husband Nathan.

During her bowling career Phyllis was the club’s ladies champion three times - in 1984, 1988 and 1996.

Her talents were also recognised at national level when she was selected to play for Scotland in a British Isles competition in 1985 and again in 1986. Phyllis, whose mum was also a bowler, said: “I am delighted to have been made an honorary life member, it was so unexpected.

“Bowls was my life for such a long time and the club has been very good for me.”

Phyllis, who has two children, four grandchildren and one great grandson, has won many accolades during her career. In 1984 she was a Scottish Women’s Bowling Association triples winner.

She was forced to give up the sport three years ago, after she began having difficulty walking.

However, she still attends matches and events at the club.

Bishopbriggs Bowling Club president Crawford Marshall said: “We are very pleased to have been able to award Phyllis an honorary life membership, it is quite a rare award.

“She has been a key member of the club over the years and continues to take an interest in club matters and is a regular at our functions.”