Bath Boules tournament brings friends and families out for a ball
Groups of families, friends and workmates have been gathering in Queen Square this weekend to take part in the annual Bath Boules contest which aims to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
The event consists of a series of heats, with winners going forward to the knock-out stages.
Participants braved heavy showers in some of yesterday's later games, with finalists competing in torrential rain.
Businesses and organisations from across the city and district have been getting into the spirit of the event.
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Last year’s tournament raised around £16,000 for charity and organisers are hoping to top that this year, raising funds for three local organisations, Off the Record, Julian House and Dorothy House.
Simon Harrison, chairman of Portico Business Services which organises the tournament, said: “Everyone wants to come and people say it is the best social event in Bath.
“We have 128 teams, with three people in a team and they all bring family so it’s a really sociable event.”
He added: “There are events that people go to in Bath but not where they are interacting with each other, and here they can play in teams and with their families.
“People can meet friends, there’s great food and they know all the proceeds go to charity - what’s not to like.”
The Rising Sun pub was one of the 128 teams taking part.
Landlord Norman Butcher, who took over the pub in Grove Street six months ago, has taken part in previous years but was keen to get a team from the pub involved.
He said: “It’s a great chance to come and enjoy a game and socialise.
“I thought it would be a great way of marketing the pub and putting the word out there.
“We have brought our friends and regulars along too.”
Landlady of the pub Lorraine Hawkins added: “We have closed the pub for the day and come down.
“It’s been absolutely amazing.”
Karen Medina was part of the team from the Jigsaw store in New Bond Street.
She said: “We though it would be a nice day out and a good social.
“It is so good to get everyone together and we don’t have a lot of things like this in Bath and any excuse to get everyone together and have a few drinks is always good.”
AD Chivers, of the band the King Swingers was with the group competing in the event.
“It is a social thing, meeting people that you only see once a year,” he said.
Stewart Taylor, who watches every year was at the tournament with his two sons Cameron, 11 and Charlie, eight.
He said: “I used to work for the company that organised it and I come down every year to see some old faces, because it is a great occasion.
“It is a good event and is well established and it’s great for local businesses to have a bit of competition.
“Everything about it is great fun.”