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Robinsons' The Navigation and Railway Woodley take part in the biggest bowls tournament
Robinsons' The Navigation and Railway Woodley take part in the biggest bowls tournament

The Navigation and Railway, Woodley, were the battleground for the grand final of the country’s biggest bowls tournament this past weekend.

Taking place over the course of 5 weeks, hundreds of people flocked to the Robinsons pubs throughout June and July to watch 128 bowlers from around the country compete to take home a total combined prize of £5000.

Dave Mee, Organiser of the Navigation and Railway Open Singles Competition said: “We’ve always wanted to be the biggest competition in the country and we are pleased to have achieved that goal through the hard work of the competitors, our sponsors and, of course, the help of the pub’s tenants Michelle Robson and John Mclean.

After battling through several different rounds against the best that the country had to offer, onlookers were treated to a nail biting final between Gary Ellis and Greg Smith. 
With Robinsons’ Unicorn ale flowing and spectators on the edge of their seats, it was Gary Ellis from Whitefield who bowled his way into the record books and secured the title with a 21-18 win.

The event really brought everyone together and the local interest spurred the competition onsaid Dave. “We are planning to do the same again next year but this time we hope to double the prize money to £10,000!

It’s been such a brilliant event,said Michelle, licensee of the Navigation and Railway, “It’s really helped put the pubs back on the map. We are already completely full with bowlers all requesting to be part of the competition next year!

Tony Massey, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “The competition was a spectacle and it was great to see such a wonderful turn out. The only way is up for the Railway and Navigation and I can’t wait to see how they top the event next year!

The Railway pub and the Navigation Hotel are both located on Hyde Road, Woodley, and are open daily serving award-winning Robinsons cask ales and a rotating range of guest beers.

Check out our exclusive Navigation and Railway Gallery at our official Flickr.

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