Burgess Cup to celebrate 100th anniversary

2016-10-26 06:00
Getting ready for the Big Day are, from left, Bruce Strang (Past Chief of the PE Scottish Association), Ivan Dickson (Chief of the PE Scottish Association), Margaret Thompson (Treasurer of the PE Scottish Association) and Phyllis Cairns (Event Organiser).  Photo: SUPPLIED

Getting ready for the Big Day are, from left, Bruce Strang (Past Chief of the PE Scottish Association), Ivan Dickson (Chief of the PE Scottish Association), Margaret Thompson (Treasurer of the PE Scottish Association) and Phyllis Cairns (Event Organiser). Photo: SUPPLIED

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THIS year marks the 100th anniversary of the Burgess Cup Bowling tournament and arrangements are underway to make this an especially exciting year.

The first ever tournament was played in Port Elizabeth on October 7, 1916, between the Port Elizabeth Scottish Association and the Port Elizabeth Bowling Club. The latter ended up claiming the victory for that year.

The tournament originated as an idea suggested at a PE Scottish Association committee meeting, which was held in August 1916. The idea was to raise money for the war funds.

The match proved to be so successful that it was decided at the next annual general meeting of the Association to be held annually in aid of a local or national charity.

The late Past Chief, John Burgess, suggested that a cup, which he had presented many years previously as a highland dancing trophy and which was no longer required for that purpose, be reinscribed and used as a floating trophy for this annual match.

This was unanimously agreed to and the trophy was named the “Burgess Cup”.

This year’s tournament will be held in aid of the Childhood Cancer (CHOC) Foundation.

Besides the tournament itself, additional funds will be raised by means of a cake stall and hampers that will be raffled at the event.

Members of the Algoa Caledonian Pipe Band will entertain the guests at a cocktail party on November 4.

The cocktail party will officially kick off the tournament, which will take place on November 5 and 6 at the PE Bowling Club in Park Drive.

Tickets to the cocktail party are R70 per person and can be purchased by contacting Margaret Thompson on 082 320 3145.

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