Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club opened its doors to the public on Saturday for a Play Bowls Day.

Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club opened its doors to the public on Saturday for a Play Bowls Day.

The event was opened by Welsh international bowler Robert Chisolm.

There were also attendances from Mayor of Northam Barry Edwards and Torridge District Council leader Jane Whittaker.

Mr Edwards said: "It's been great to come down and see the day be such a success.

"The staff here are so passionate and they work exceptionally hard, so it's great to see it rewarded."

Club member Mike Price said: "It's exceeded expectations. The work that people have done in the club has paid off today. We look forward to going up and up.

"We've signed on some new members straight away, which is brilliant.

"People have come from all over the place and they like the atmosphere of the club and the things the club can give them, such as the social side.

"I've been bowling since 1996. I've bowled in London, I've bowled in Reading and now I bowl [at Westward Ho!] and this is the friendliest club that I've been to. We're a small club, and we're all volunteers."

The volunteers at Kingsley are now looking to build upon the success of the open day and secure their future with some vital work to the facility.

Jim Rhodes, chairman of Kingsley Indoor Bowling Club, said: "We've had a little bit of damp come through, so the roof has got to be treated for corrosion then sealed off, then we've got to insulate the walls and ceilings to bring the building up to current regulations.

"We've now got the support of Northam and Torridge District Council to push us and help guide us through.

"We've also got support from Active Devon and BDA."