MEMBERS of Waterloo Bowling Club have saluted 30 years' service by steward Keith Making.

Mr Making and his wife Linda, were presented with a TV and DVD player by club president Stephen Whiteley and secretary Alex Kilcoyne at a special party.

The couple, who live near the club at Waterloo Rise, Waterloo, are celebrating their silver wedding. They were also given a gift of cash by club members.

Mr Making, 62, took over as steward in 1974 after working as a labourer for clay pipes manufacturer Naylor at Denby Dale.

During his time behind the bar, the club has grown from a membership of less than 100 to almost 1,000.

"It was little more than an old hut 30 years ago, but it has been virtually rebuilt over the years to provide modern facilities," he said.

Mr Making runs a lottery competition to raise cash for a children's outing each year, while Mrs Making, 57, raises funds for the annual old folk's dinner as well as organising the children's Christmas party - and wrapping 150 presents.

Mr Making said: "Waterloo is one of the most successful clubs in the area and it is well-known for its concerts as well as holding birthday parties, weddings and funerals. I have seen people coming to parties as children who are now grown-up and bringing their own kids."