The David Potter Cup - remembering a very special man

Sunday 9th August saw the playing of the inaugural David Potter Cup at Branksome Park Bowling Club. The match, sponsored by Chester Pearce Funeral Service, was played in memory of David Potter, a former bowler at Alexandra Park, and Branksome Park Bowling Clubs.

The match was played in the form of a round robin, with forty - eight players in teams of four, made up of differing abilities, something which David would have thoroughly approved of. His grandson, and managing director of Chester Pearce, Stephen Nimmo explained;

‘Bowling was Grandad’s life. Its what he did, and he was passionate about seeing new players come onto the green, so having all abilities playing in this match would have meant a lot to him.’

Guest of honour at the match was David’s daughter, Judith. She recalled many occasions when her Mum, Beatrice would sit on a bench to the side of the green and watch her Dad play.

For Stephen, the creation of this fixture completes the circle of remembering his grandparents;

‘Our company is named after my grandmothers, and so we remember them every day, and I have wanted to put something in place that remembers Grandad for some time. What better way than celebrating the sport he loved. 2015 would have been his 100th year and so it is a fitting time to begin playing for this cup.’

It was a very special day for the family, and they would like to express their sincerest thanks to the President of the Club, and its members for making them feel so welcome. In presenting the cup to the winners, Stephen was asked if his Grandad would have approved.

‘As I stood watching the matches taking place, it was obvious that there is a real warmth within the club, and the laughter and conversation was very evident. We are so pleased to have placed this competition with such a club, and absolutely, Grandad would have approved.’