Duns Tennis Club opening

Pat Nevin opens the new Duns Tennis Club's clubhouse along with Cis Redpath and Isobel Gourlay.
Pat Nevin opens the new Duns Tennis Club's clubhouse along with Cis Redpath and Isobel Gourlay.

On Sunday Duns Tennis Club celebrated the opening of its new clubhouse and courts.

Prior to the main event in the afternoon a number of junior players attended in the morning and enjoyed a coaching session taken by local coach Lee Brown.

Duns Tennis Club chairman Neil Harvey welcomed guests, sponsors and former and current members to the event. He thanked a number of volunteers, committee members and others who had worked so hard to make the day such a success, in particular Ricky Amos for managing the project.

He also thanked the funders who had contributed to the costs of the project these being: sportscotland, Scottish Borders Council Landfill Communities Fund, Scottish Borders Council Community Grant Scheme, The Robertson Trust, Lammermuir Community Fund (CELCA), Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund, Abbey St Bathans, Bonkyl and Preston Community Fund, Club Sport Berwickshire, Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service and Rotary Club of Duns.

Neil explained to everyone that Duns Tennis Club was founded around 1890 and that during the last century the rail network in the Borders was a common means of teams travelling to away matches. Duns club members would go along to the local train station to welcome the visiting teams.

Neil then introduced Pat Nevin, local resident and TV and radio football broadcaster and pundit, to formally open the clubhouse.

Pat recounted his energetic, but not so expert, attempts at tennis and wished the club every success for the future. He then cut the ribbon which was held by long-standing club members Cissy Redpath and Isobel Gourlay.

The day continued with a mixed doubles event which included representatives from several Borders clubs as well as Duns players.

In a perfect end to the competition Sue and Josh from Duns and Lynn and Dan from Hawick battled it out in a one set first to six decider to reach 5-5 and then sudden death deuce. Despite a nervous first service fault Lynn and Dan finally ran out winners and received commemorative medals to mark the occasion.