GALLERY: Players flock to March and District Squash Club’s 30th anniversary competition

SQUASH players took to the court in March on Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the town’s club.

Around 100 games were played as members of March and District Squash Club battled it out to be crowned 2011 club champion.

Harry Taylor beat Andy Osborne in an excellent final after disposing of Jonny Manchett in the semis. Osborne had defeated Matt Fiveash to secure his shot at winning the title.

A nostalgic Tony Tarrant, the club’s chairman, said: “1981 was a time of recession, unemployment and severe prices rises, not an easy time at all.

“However, squash was growing fast in popularity and that year would see the start of the career of Jahangir Khan who as world champion started a run of 555 unbeaten competitive matches.

“Now in 2011 we have difficult times but the club is thriving with improved facilities, high levels of participation and three club teams.

“Saturday was a great day and I’m excited about what the future holds for squash in March.”

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The club originally opened with two courts but have since built a third show court with good spectator facilities at their home based at the town’s cricket ground in Burrowmoor Road.

Many of March’s members have represented England, both at squash and racketball - one of the fastest growing sports in the country - during the club’s 30 years.

The Mayor of March, Councillor Bernard Keane and his wife Sylvia, were special guests at the event which was sponsored by Ed Lefrevre, in honour of his late father Robert.

Lefrevre presented trophies before the anniversary celebrations continued with food and a social gathering in the cricket club.

• For more information on joining the club contact secretary Roger Middleton on 01945 860838.

• For more pictures from the event visit our website.