‘It's the camaraderie of it'
TRURO - At the age of 88, Ben Legere keeps active by lawn bowling as often as he can.
"Oh, I'm out here two or three times a week, that's what it's looking like right now," said Legere, just prior to the official opening of the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club facility on Saturday. The facility is behind the Douglas Street Recreation Centre in Truro.
"I curl and two years ago, they started talking about starting lawn bowling here. I went to Bedford with them twice and I've continued ever since."
Last winter, Legere and the rest of the club spent their time bowling inside the Agridome in Bible Hill, however, now they can do so outside at their own facility, or at least for the summer.
"So far, it's been quite casual. It's not competitive and as long as it stays that way, so will I. It's a good casual sport, I think. It's the camaraderie of it and the likes."
As the oldest member of the local club, Legere said the sport is one for all ages.
"I think the young of course should try it," he said. "It's not as hard as people think. It's an easy, simple sport."
Located behind the Douglas Street Recreation Centre, the facility has eight rinks that will be open seven days a week for members. For guests, it will be open between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Instruction will be available for guests.
With the facility now open, club members will work towards getting a clubhouse ready, which will encompass three of the classrooms inside the former school.
For more information, visit www.cobequidlawnbowls.com.