Town mourns ‘Mr Bowls’

Ted Squires

Ted Squires

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BOWLERS from Grantham and beyond are this week mourning the loss of Ted Squires who died in Spalding Hospital on Sunday, aged 91.

Ted was known affectionately around the clubs as ‘Mr Bowls’ and was the stalwart of Grantham’s indoor and outdoor bowling scenes.

Ted held all the top positions locally as well as at county and national level.

He was president of Grantham Outdoor Bowls Club in 1984-85, captain in 1982-83 and treasurer from 1972 till 2006.

Ted was a founder member of Grantham Indoor Bowls Club and was on its executive committee from 1981 until last year. Ted was a member of the Lincolnshire executive and was a selector for the county.

He was very much a leading light in the Grantham and District Bowls Association and secretary Jenny Geeson said that he had been instrumental in turning around the association’s fortunes.

Jenny said: “It is a very sad loss to the whole of the bowling fraternity. Ted was known throughout the whole of Lincolnshire and also across other counties.”

Ted played for Lincolnshire and helped take them to their first win in the Middleton Cup national inter-county competition in 1976 – the pinnacle of his playing career. He also witnessed Lincolnshire win the title a second time 20 years later when he was a selector and spectator at the Worthing final.

Ted played for Grantham against the England president’s team and twice won the Skegness Open EBA pairs title with John Goode – a double not often achieved.

He was also a member of the invitation-only IMPS Bowling Association team which comprised of people from across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire who had been recognised for their contribution to the sport.

Fellow Grantham Bowls Club stalwart Bill Johnson paid tribute to his sporting colleague and friend: “Ted was well respected, well known and well liked. It will be one of the biggest funerals this town has ever seen.”

Ted’s funeral will take place at St Anne’s Church, Harrowby Road, on Tuesday at 11am.