East Lothian Council has agreed to buy Ormiston Bowling Club from its private owner in a bid to secure the future of the sport locally.
The purchase price was £130,000 and the council expects to take over the property on Friday (May 23).
Council leader Willie Innes (Lab) said: “East Lothian has a very strong, proud tradition and culture of bowling across its towns and villages. The bowling facilities within the county have acted as an important part of community life, serving as a positive and healthy place for residents to participate recreationally within their communities. This has been the case historically for many years and remains an important part to many in their local lives young and old. East Lothian also has a very impressive record in bowls and our teams regularly perform well in national competitions. In addition, East Lothian has a proud record of producing international bowlers and world champions.
“I am delighted that we have finally been able to negotiate this purchase, which will make the bowling green available to the community once again. I am sure this news will be widely welcomed in Ormiston and by the bowling community in general.”
The council will be prioritising remedial works to restore bowling on the site.
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