Allan Jones mention of the bowling greens in Devonshire Park (now long gone) were a reminder of what had become quite a popular game in the area, and not necessarily just for old men. My parents and maternal grandparents in particular were extremely good players and won many prizes. Of course they played in the Lund Park clubs. My father (85 next Sunday - a family trip to Keighley for us) still plays for a veterans team. Lund Park top green was regarded as the finest in the county, and was used for county matches. But there were in fact only four counties who played crown green at thet time, Yorks, Lancs, Cheshire and Staffs.
But there were many other bowls clubs in Keighley, including (among others) the aforementioned Devonshire Park, and at Highfield, Cross Roads, Whins Wood, Haworth Park,Oakworth Park, not forgetting Keighley Bowls club by KRLFC.
I was taught to play properly by my grandfather, and played quite a lot in the summer, until leaving for Uni. I have only played once since, about 20 years ago in a Chemical Industry competition which I won without even any prior practice.
I guess quite a few of the rest of you played also. It was at least more interesting than putting.
Yes. Bowls was good fun .... excluding the time you dropped a wood on my head (purely accidentally - it rolled off the desk top in the little room where we went to hire the things as I was bending to get my woods out of the storage compartment).
Alan Spencer, Bernard Tennant, Jim Hall and Graham Nolan were also quite keen on a game from time to time too. Wasn't it 6d an hour?