IN 1971 the A bowling team of Brooks Motors were celebrating after being named champions once again.
The team won the Sollis Rose Bowl trophy in the Huddersfield Works Bowling League – fond memories for Ralph Wood, of Linthwaite, who was in the team and sent in the photo.
They had last won the trophy in the 1968 season and had been runners-up since then before lifting the trophy once more.
A report in the Examiner at the time, by WB Cook, said that Brooks Motors were a “consistent side and have a reputation second to none in the Works league, which I feel sure is the strongest in the country, both in quality and quantity.”
To lift the trophy, Brooks’ A team had to compete against the team at Joseph France, GPO and the final Nalgo, with the final taking place at Waterloo Bowling Club.
It was a venue the A team had lost two previous finals at, but this time they were to celebrate a win.
Pictured right are the Brook Motors A team, from left back row: Bernard Sigsworth, Ralph Wood, Alan Schofield, Alan Hirst, Geoff Heaps and Brian Cook.
Front row: Harry Day, Philip Carter, Arthur Mandell (captain), John Daykin and Dennis Hirst.