Perran Tennis welcomes L.T.A. President

Perran Tennis welcomed Martin Corrie, L.T.A. President on his visit to the Club as Southwest Regional winners of Highland Spring Club of the Year. Martin was accompanied by his wife Janet and county officials Hilary Webster, Malcolm Peters and Sue Eames. Peter Lampier, Club Chairman took the party on a tour of the Club. During the tour Club Coach and Development Officer Steve Luck described the history of the Club from its inception in 1896 to the present day.

Martin was interested to learn how the membership had in increased from under 30 members to 325 in six years and how the four projects were undertaken with the assistance of funding from Sport England, SITA Cornwall Trust, Cory, L.T.A. Southwest, Tennis Cornwall and Tesco. The Club through the involvement of key members has under gone a renaissance. Hard courts have been resurfaced, power has been brought to the Club allowing flood lit tennis for the first time. The 1914 pavilion has seen a refit internally and an external make over including a new roof. Following a vehicle smashing into the rear of the building a wooden barrier has been installed.

The latter part of the tour involved the viewing of the fourth project which was underway. Committee member Rob Pippin (Project Manager) explained how the levelling, drainage and reseeding of the grass courts was being undertaken.

As refreshments were served Martin keenly took photographs. In conclusion Peter Lampier presented the President with a photographic collage produced by committee member Jon Mallett to commemorate his visit.

In the photograph (left to right) Martin Corrie is seen receiving his memento from Peter Lampier in the same seat and position as past chairman Winston Graham sat decades ago.

 

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