Hucknall bowlers take Skegness by storm

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They will soon be giving Hucknall bowls players Dave Adams and John Jordan the freedom of Skegness!

For the duo continued their remarkable love-affair with the popular seaside resort when collecting two more prestigious bowls titles, complete with the famous Jolly Fisherman figurines.

Adams (67), of Kersall Gardens, and Jordan (68), of Caddaw Avenue, were among the honours in the third of four yearly tournaments at Skeggy, the English Bowls Association (EBA) Open.

Adams won the mixed pairs title with his wife, Janet, thanks to a 26-18 victory in the final. And then he teamed up with Jordan to take the men’s pairs title after a 21-16 success in the final.

Just for good measure, Janet (60) also reached the final of the ladies’ singles, only to go down 21-13 in the final. It was only the second time she had even entered the tournament.

Both men are also former winners of the singles championship, with ex-Annesley-Bentinck Colliery miner Jordan lifting the prize last summer.

And both have been part of other successful pairs and triples teams at Skegness in recent years.

What’s more, Adams was in the trophies earlier this year at the East Coast holiday town when he won the singles accolade at the Skegness Over-55 Tournament, scooping a first prize of £800.

It confirmed his status as one of the most prolific sportsmen in the history of Hucknall. It is estimated he has won more than 150 bowls trophies, including more than 40 county titles.

Wife Janet is admired for very different reasons. For she has battled back from a freakish, serious illness to rediscover her love for the sport.

She was unable to play for 18 months after contracting, in 2008, the life-threatening anti-GBM disease, which attacks the lungs and kidneys and affects only one in a million people.