Pops (my dad) had always been an energetic type and when my mum died he joined the Werneth Veterans Bowling Club in Oldham where he spent many a happy day on the green, bowling with his mates. As pops started to deteriorate with the condition (although we didn't know he had it at the time) he was unable to play, but the lads at the club were fantastic with him and would pick him up to take him to the club and if he wanted a go they would help him onto the green and support him whilst he bowled one.
When he passed away the Club decided they would run an annual event in his name and on the 29th September they held the 'Cliff Taylor Memorial Cup'. They all proudly wore their polo shirts which had dad's initials and year of birth and the year he passed away on them and the games commenced.
At the end of the day when all the battles had taken place on the green, they unveiled the cup which had been made by the President of the club. It was a plinth with dad's picture on, his name and....... a broken wing mirror. This is particularly significant as we all had stories of pop's driving mishaps with cars and the amount of wing mirrors he had to replace, which we now know was the start of his condition. However, we still smile at these driving mishaps as they were told with warmth and love for dad. The event is now known as the Wing Mirror Cup Challenge
It was a gorgeous day with the sun shining and although I had tears in my eyes at the end it was a day dad would have loved. (He would also have loved the potato pie and Cheese and Onion Pie lunch, his two favourites)
We have put a note of the day on the popsforpsp.co.uk website on the newspage and also the pictures are on the gallery page. The lads (well the youngest one is in their mid seventies) look like they are having a great time.
It has taken me this long to put this up on here as emotionally I found it hard being in the place where I had seen dad play such an active part, and it took me a little while to get over the day.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the pictures. Hope everyone is ok and as always you are all in my thoughts.