A CROQUET club has had its new pavilion officially opened by Rishi Sunak.

The Richmond MP and Chancellor performed the opening honours at the Bedale and Dales Croquet Club and tried his hand at the sport which has a growing following.

He said: “The club has excellent facilities.

"Three beautifully-kept croquet lawns and now a splendid pavilion.

"Huge credit to everyone at the club who worked hard to secure the grants and make the club an even more attractive place to play.”

The new timber pavilion at Bedale Sports Club and Community Centre has been funded by several local organisations, charities and individuals.

Bryan Lye, the club’s recently-elected life president in recognition of his long service to the organisation and the sport, said the generous donations had transformed the club’s facilities.

He said: “We are delighted to have our new pavilion, to have it opened by our MP, and to be playing again after a season lost to the pandemic.”

Mr Lye said the club had recently attracted new members and would be pleased to welcome additions to its ranks.

Anyone interested in trying croquet at Bedale and Dales should contact Rob Brown on 01969-625306 or by email at wardlebrown@gmail.com

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