Half-century for badminton club

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Abbeygate Badminton Club held their 50th Anniversary celebration at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.

More than 120 current and ex-members attended the event, including Jane Webster, who started at the club as a junior and later went on to represent England.

Original club members are pictured as they were when it all started at the Town Hall in Bury St Edmunds.

A photograph with the same line-up was taken 50 years later at the party.

The club is still thriving with a strong junior section and adult teams in the Bury, Ipswich and Newmarket Leagues.

Members have represented all of Suffolk’s county teams including juniors and veterans.

Paul Brinkley, a founder member, who is still playing matches at 71 years of age, was presented with a glass tankard to mark this achievement by club chairman Jo Hughes.