Local couple umpire at World Championships

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Fraserburgh Indoor Bowling Club members Arthur and Patricia Gammack recently spent a month in New Zealand where they umpired at the 2016 World Bowls Championships.

The couple from Crimond were two of 12 British umpires at the championships and the only ones representing the North East of Scotland.

For Arthur, it was his second time umpiring at the World Championships having previously been involved in the 2004 championships which were held nearer to home in Ayr.

It was Patricia’s first time umpiring at a World Championships but the couple were both involved at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Both were given the honour of umpiring a final as Arthur took charge of the Ladies Triples final which was played out between Australia and Wales.

Meanwhile, Patricia was umpire for the Ladies Fours final between Australia and England.

Both Arthur and Patricia said they were honoured to have umpired a final at a World Championships.

Speaking to The Fraserburgh Herald, the couple said: “It was a great honour and we really enjoyed our time there.

“It was our first time visiting New Zealand and, as a country, it is a lot like Scotland - very beautiful scenery.”

Fraserburgh Indoor Bowling Club secretary, Margaret Watt, said that everyone at the club was immensley proud of Arthur and Patricia.

She said: “It is a real honour to be asked to umpire at a World Championships and everyone at Fraserburgh Indoor Bowling Club is so very proud of them.”