The PGL unfurling at Old Bleach took place this afternoon in glorious sunshine – hopefully the first of many such days in this Centenary Year.
President Michael Nutt raised the flag and welcomed the Presidents of the kindred associations and guests to Randalstown.
The green looked wonderful as the PGL guest team battled Old Bleach. History will show it as a diplomatic draw but several skips will be wearing feathers in their hats for a few weeks.
The Old Bleach club proved to be superb hosts and a splendid meal capped an excellent day. IBA President Derek Forsythe congratulated M Nutt on becoming the 4th Old Bleach member to take the PGL office since 1949. He noted the work done by the Centenary committee and fact that Belfast (175) and Belmont (140) also celebrate significant anniversaries this year. He also looked forward to seeing success for Ireland in the British Isles Championships – including the 4 PGL representatives in various disciplines.
In his reply M Nutt welcomed and thanked the guests for supporting the Centenary event. He also thanked his home club which had supported him since he joined in 1988. He noted the charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support and hoped that all PGL members would attend, show interest in and participate in future events.
Dennis Patrick, President of the BLI, speaking on behalf of the kindred associations thanked Old Bleach for the day and wished everyone success in the year ahead.