Brid tennis courts reopening is ace!

The refurbished tennis courts, in Dukes Park, were opened by The Chairman of East Riding Council, Coun Chad Chadwick. (PA1316-18k)

The refurbished tennis courts, in Dukes Park, were opened by The Chairman of East Riding Council, Coun Chad Chadwick. (PA1316-18k)

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Nearly 200 people went along to try out newly refurbished tennis courts at Dukes Park.

After several years of disuse, the four public tennis courts have been restored in a joint project between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington Lawn Tennis Club. Coun Chad Chadwick, Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, picked up a racquet himself and climbed up on the umpires chair to formally open the all-weather courts at Dukes Park on Saturday.

Coun Chadwick was accompanied by Coun Margaret Chadwick, while Coun Richard Harrap and Coun Shelagh Finlay also attended.

Sunny weather greeted the 186 visitors who filled the courts, while ‘short tennis’ nets were put up on the grass courts to help cope with the number of juniors who were keen to try out the new racquets and balls.

Chris Jinks, president of Bridlington Lawn Tennis Club, said: “Although the open day was planned to close at 4pm all seven courts were still full of people and loads of children playing short tennis so it was gone 5 pm before the Tennis Club members could go home for a well earned rest. Even then three of the four public courts were occupied. Hopefully this successful event will mark a growth in this very healthy and popular sport.”

To join the club contact membership secretary Penny on 07754 587973, or go along on any Saturday from 10am or Sunday from 1.30pm.

This Sunday a special social tennis afternoon runs from 1pm. Everyone welcome.