BOWLERS paid a final tribute to Huddersfield champion Paul Sigsworth.
His ashes were scattered in a moving ceremony at the Griffin Bowling Club – on the green where he won many titles.
And fittingly, his brother Graham reached the final of the Sixteen competition played on that day.
Graham Sigsworth lost in the final to Mark Bramall.
His brother, known affectionately by bowlers across the country as “Siggy”, passed away in June after a seven-month battle against cancer.
Respected and liked throughout the sport, Sigsworth will be remembered as one of the best and most successful players from this area, having represented Yorkshire and England with great distinction and having won 165 titles.
He played with several clubs at top level, including winning the Slawit & Golcar Cars Huddersfield League Subscription Cup title six out of the last seven years with Netherton Conservative Club, and the KP Motors Colne Valley Bowling League six times with Slaithwaite C&BC.
Sigsworth – whose family have a long association with the Griffin winter bowling club in the Colne Valley – won pretty much every singles and pairs competition in various bowling associations around the district.
The Griffin ceremony saw his ashes scattered on the green by his brother and by Ben McGrath, son of Paul’s partner Carron.
Sigsworth’s mother, Margaret, laid flowers at the scene and said: “He always brought me flowers; now I’m bringing him some.”
Griffin president Alan Hirst said: “It was a moving ceremony, with more than 100 people there.
“Siggy was so well known in bowling circles, especially in the Huddersfield area, and both he and his family have been associated with the Griffin since it was set up 40 years ago.
“He was the sort of man who will never be forgotten”.
Graham Sigsworth thanked people for their support and said his brother had been one of the most successful bowlers ever to play at the Griffin since it opened in 1968.