Ted’s still going strong for Lea

Bowler Ted Armstrong is 95 years old

Bowler Ted Armstrong is 95 years old

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Age is no barrier to Ted Armstrong when it comes to his twice-weekly game of bowls.

At the ripe old age of 95, Ted has just completed another season playing in the Preston and District Crown Green Bowling Veterans’ League.

He plays for Lea ‘B’ in the league and fully intends to be back out on the greens next spring when the new campaign starts.

Ted, who lives in Lea is the oldest person still playing in the Veterans’ League.

To mark that achievement, colleagues presented him with a trophy before Lea’s recent home game against Fulwood Conservative Club. It was engraved with ‘Super Ted’, the presentation showing just what high esteem the grandad-of-four is held in.

Ted said: “I started playing bowls when I was 64 and to still be going at my age is not bad is it?

“I play in the season on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and really enjoy the games – they are a great bunch of fellas who I play with.

“They make sure there is someone to get me to the games because I don’t drive any more. Over the years I have won my share of trophies and all being well, I want to be playing again next year.

“I’ll be 96 by the time the season starts but why should I stop? I’ve been bowling with Lea for three years, before that I played for the Ashton Park club.”

Ted, who used to work as a charge hand at the Goss printing press company, has been a keen sportsman all of his life.

He was a keen amateur footballer in Preston for many years and when his days as a player came to an end, he did not hang up his boots completely – he became a referee. For many years, Ted was a respected official in the local leagues.

“I refereed the games on the local parks and enjoyed doing that,” said Ted.

“After I had stopped playing, I thought it would be nice to carry on in the game as a referee.”