Club celebrates longest-standing member

Dennis Wheatley celebrates 50 years at Worthing Pavilion Bowling Club and receives a certificate from Charlie Carswell. Picture: Derek Martin DM17417222a
Dennis Wheatley celebrates 50 years at Worthing Pavilion Bowling Club and receives a certificate from Charlie Carswell. Picture: Derek Martin DM17417222a

Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club has hosted a celebration for the man believed to be the longest-standing member.

Dennis Wheatley, 97, has been with the club for 50 years and it is believed he is the only person ever to have achieved this.

Members gathered at the club, in Pavilion Road, Worthing, yesterday for a special lunch to mark the occasion.

Dennis, of Adversane Road, joined on April 4, 1967, and is still bowling there four or five days a week, including league games.

He said: “During my time at Pavilion, I have won internal competitions and local tournaments, and been a county player in the Middleton Cup and Liberty Cup.

“I am proud to be one of only 24 Sussex players to win a Liberty Cup winners badge.

“I love Pavilion Club, it is a place which I can go to for good company, bowls and sometimes a meal.”

Dennis was an agricultural agent selling seeds and fertilisers. He retired at the age of 80 and was widowed 14 years ago.

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