Eager Chorley tennis players take part in midnight match as lockdown restrictions are eased - in pictures

In the early hours of this morning Withnell Fold Tennis Club got together for the first time this year for a game.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 8:16 am
Withnell Fold Tennis Club mark the easing of restrictions with a midnight game.

From today (Monday, March 29, 2021), outdoor sporting activities can resume as the coronavirus restrictions continue to be lifted.

To mark the easing of restrictions across the county, eager players from the Chorley tennis club met for a midnight game.

When speaking to the Lancashire Post last week, tennis enthusiast Sally Barnes said: “It’s been a long, dark winter without being able to play tennis due to lockdown and we’re so keen to get started again we just decided to meet as soon as we are allowed and knock a few balls over the net.

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Sally Barnes taking part in the midnight match.

“We’ll all be a bit rusty but by the time the sun comes up we’ll be playing like pros.”

The group brought floodlights to help them achieve their midnight match. Pictured Helen Mather.
William de Hamel serves during the game.
Graham Green returns with a back hand shot.
Other outdoor facilities including, basketball courts, golf courses and open-air swimming pools will also be allowed to reopen from 29 March.