Jolly bowler John loves to be beside the seaside....

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BOWLS veteran John Jordan has hooked another notable success at the seaside resort of Skegness.

For the 67-year-old, of Caddaw Avenue, has completed a hat-trick of English Bowling Association (EBA) titles, which carry with them prestigious Jolly Fisherman figurines in honour of the resort’s famous emblem.

John has been part of pairs and triples teams which have scooped the coveted Jolly Fishermen in the annual competitions at Skegness during the last four years.

But the icing on the cake was his triumph in the singles last Friday.

He fought his way through five rounds before he comfortably beat Peter Duke, of Wainfleet, near Skeggy, by 21 shots to five in the final. He was also presented with a cheque for £110.

John worked as a miner at Annesley-Bentinck Colliery until his retirement and he only took up bowls seven years ago.

A previous Hucknall winner of the singles competition, Dave Adams, of Kersall Grove, said all bowlers were very keen to win Jolly Fisherman awards — and it was especially gratifying to achieve this accolade in the singles.

Formerly an over-60s event, the tournament was axed by Lincolnshire’s East Lindsey District Council at the beginnning of 2006, with cost-cutting by the council blamed for the shutdown.

But three local bowlers got together with the local Hotelliers’ Association to resurrect the event and it was decided to bring the age limit down to 55 to boost entries. It has been up and running again since 2007.

John is a member of Hucknall Titchfield Park Bowling Club. A married man, he has two sons and four grandchildren. One of his sons, Paul Jordan, said the family were very proud of his achievements.

n OUR PHOTO shows John with his latest Jolly Fisherman — DISPIC NHUD12-1845-1