Age is no barrier as top bowler Marje reaches her century

Marjorie Wright is supported by members at Kettering Lodge as she bowls to celebrate her 100th birthday
Marjorie Wright is supported by members at Kettering Lodge as she bowls to celebrate her 100th birthday

Just a few weeks ago the county had more than 30 youngsters below the age of 16 taking part in the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme School of Excellence with the youngest being just nine years old.

But, at the opposite end of the age spectrum, a lady is still playing the sport at the magnificent age of 100.

Kettering Lodge’s Marjorie Wright, who is better known as Marje, was given a special anniversary party at her club to mark the milestone. Around 90 members were on hand to help her celebrate.

Marje took up bowling more or less at the time of retiring from work, so she has been participating for 44 years, with Kettering Lodge being her only club while she was also a founder member of the Kettering & District Indoor BC.

She showed that she had a talent for the game as, in 1976, she represented the county at the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa – the first of three visits there.

She also had success in the Over-60’s Singles at Torquay and, with the late George Wills, she saw success at Folkestone in the Indoor Mixed Fours.

In 2013 she was a member of her club’s indoor section ladies fours winning team was runner-up in the ladies indoor singles at the age of 97.

This year, Marje is in the final of the club’s ladies fours and the semi-finals of the ladies triples.

She and her late husband Len were very keen bowlers but they also worked hard for the club off the green too.

She is still a very keen and competitive bowler, often walking to the club from her home for a match and for her achievements and work, she was awarded Life Membership some years ago.