FOLLOWING the long journey east to Norfolk and Great Yarmouth on Saturday, the Llandrindod and Friends tourers began their bowling matches Sunday afternoon at the village of Martham, just north of Caister on Sea.

Club president and captain for the day Ken Price was certainly the centre of attention because he also skipped the highest losing rink and was therefore presented with the dragon mascot.

Brother Ray Price skipped the highest winning rink, and the overall total score was in the Mid-Wales tourers favour. The hosts displayed great hospitality and friendliness in a very enjoyable afternoon.

Another afternoon of enjoyment followed on the Monday, when a visit to Long Stratton was made.

The weather was exceptionally fine all week, the friendly hosts won by only three shots. Captain for the day was Clive Barrett, but again the talking point was tour organiser Ken Price because he collected the dragon for the successive day.

On the Tuesday afternoon the Mid-Wales tourers travelled to the County Arts Bowls Club, and their impressive facilities at Thorpe St Andrew on the edge of the city of Norwich.

The visitors knew before hand they would be playing indoors due to the host club’s outdoor green being closed on the previous Saturday.

As it proved very difficult for the Llandrindod and District bowlers to adapt to the indoor surface against their host opponents who had been practising, it was not surprising that the visitors lost on all six rinks. The captain for the day was Brian Jones, with the family rink of Prices, skipped by Pam Price receiving the dragon.

On the official day off on Wednesday, the bowlers enjoyed a shopping and sightseeing trip to Norwich.

On Thursday morning the tourists visited the market town of Diss, prior to moving on to nearby Dickleburgh Bowls Club, where on a lovely day they again enjoyed a bowling afternoon at a village club.

The captain for the day was Derek Hart, who in the clubhouse after the match summed up the week by commenting that the overall score wasn’t important, but that bowls and companionship were the winners.

Unusually three of the six rinks finished level, however the visitors again lost by a only a few shots.

On Friday, with the bowls business of the week completed the touring party enjoyed a leisurely trip on the Broads near Wroxham, which on another fine sunny warm day was an ideal way to end the week.

Later that evening presentations were made to tour organiser Ken Price, and the social organiser Brian Jones, on behalf of the tour members in appreciation of all the work they had put in before and during to make the trip to Great Yarmouth, such a success.

On Friday October 7 at 6pm the Tourers take on the Radnorshire Indoor Stadium team in the now annual post tour challenge match.