THE Oakfield Tennis and Bowling club turned back the clock as they held their Centenary Open Day.

The club, which was formed in 1911 by seven founder members who all lived in the Birkby Hall Road area, had by 1931 expanded with the addition of two more tennis courts on the Ashfield side of the club.

The club grew again in the 1980s when the two grass courts were turned into hard courts.

Oakfield now boast five men’s, three ladies’ and two junior teams playing in the Huddersfield and Calderdale Leagues, with the bowling section fielding two teams in Huddersfield competitions.

The centenary event was opened by two long-serving members Brian Lacy and Irene Brook, who cut the ribbon, and several members turned out in early 20th century dress, with the ladies sporting long white skirts and the men in striped blazers and white trousers.

The celebration got under way with tennis coaching for youngsters organised by Mike and Louise Armitage.

The tennis section started with a game of mixed doubles using old wooden tennis rackets and there was a longest rally competition and a speed gun for the fastest serve, which proved popular with the younger members.

It recorded 105mph by winner Tom Wigley – the longest rally being won by Angela Hall and Reg Morton.

The juniors also had a competition which went down well, with Theo Ayres winning a family ticket for a Huddersfield Town match.

The bowling green was also busy with club members Bob Cran, Alan Hawe, Jeff Stott, Andrew Marshall and several other members showing people the art of the game.

In the club competitions, Peter Sutcliffe and Irene Haigh won the mixed doubles and Bill Ward was the bowling competition winner.