Hamilton Caledonian Club Bowled Over By Specsavers Prizes

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

COMPETITION was even more fierce than usual as dedicated bowlers sharpened their skills to scoop top Specsavers prizes at the Hamilton Caledonian Invitation Rinks at the weekend. 


There was hot competition between the 24 teams of four from Lanarkshire and Glasgow, who battled it out on Sunday May 30th, but finally a home team came out on top.


Specsavers in Hamilton gifted £500 towards the competition's hosts, Hamilton Caledonian Bowling Club, providing the winners and runners up with cash prizes at the end of a long day of tough competition.


The high street opticians also supplied a pair of prescription designer specs and prescription sunglasses, worth £149 each, for a raffle that was held after the competition. The lucky winners were presented with their specs by Andrew Lamont, manager of Hamilton Specsavers store.


Andrew Lamont says: 'The members of Hamilton Caledonian bowling club are very dedicated to this fun, accessible sport and Specsavers is delighted to support them. Congratulations to everyone that took part. We're very glad the Specsavers prize helped add to the enjoyment of the day.'


Keith Watson, secretary of the Hamilton Caledonian bowling club says: 'Supplying our own prizes was starting to become a bit of a drain on the club's resources, so we were thrilled with Specsavers' offer of a donation. Taking part in bowling competitions is always great fun but a Specsavers cash prize and designer specs definitely adds an extra special something to the day!'


Specsavers has a long-standing commitment to bowls. The top high street optician recently announced a sponsorship deal with Scotland's 600 indoor and outdoor bowling umpires and a one-year deal to support Scottish blind bowling.




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians





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