Heavy Rain could not dampen the Party Spirit
Last weekend was party time at Penzance Tennis Club. The club has been celebrating its 70 th birthday
on Saturday, 29 th July. This date was chosen to coincide with the start of the club’s 68 th Open
Tournament so that not only club members but also old friends from afar could take part in the
Naturally, the club’s organising committee had been hoping for good weather but it was not to be. In
typical Cornish fashion the 100 guests carried on regardless, at times queuing in the pouring rain to
collect their dinner from a marquis outside of the clubhouse. Inside the crowd was entertained by
Kris Gayle and Friends who supplied the right music to lure members, friends and family onto the
Club Chairman Trevor Newborn reminded everyone present that the club has come very far in the
last 70 years. After humble beginnings with courts near the Penzance promenade the club moved to
Penlee Park. Over the years an old pavilion and red clay courts gave way to the superb large
clubhouse of today, with four artificial grass courts, three hardcourts and a mini tennis court. Trevor
also mentioned how modern technology has taken over. The club now has an electronic court
booking system and solar panels on the clubhouse roof. Although the club is still run by a traditional
committee there is a manned office (part-time), and the bar/cafe known as the First Service Cafe is
open to the public.
Among the guests of the 70 year celebrations was also open tournament referee Steve Wynn from
Essex. He and his wife Hazel always bring a large number of tournament competitors from their club
in Southend. Steve has been refereeing the Penzance Open for 22 years and is looking forward to a
successful 2017 event.
As always the tournament started with the traditional President’s Reception on Sunday evening.
During the day the first singles matches of the 68 th Penzance Open were completed, and from 7pm
onwards all competitors, tournament sponsors and club committee members were invited to a
buffet and a few welcome drinks.
The Open Tournament will continue all this week from 9.30am. Spectators are welcome. Finals Day
will be Saturday, 5th August.