The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Coun Anne Jones visited The Pierhead on Sunday to launch the annual charity competition run by Harrogate’s pétanque club in support of Saint Michael’s Hospice.
Also in attendance was Neal Armstrong, Sales Director of insurance company, Ellis Bates Group, which is sponsoring the competition.
Now in its seventh year the competition is open to any team of three players willing to donate a minimum of £15 to the hospice and able to play a few short games over the summer at convenient times.
Last year’s competition attracted 24 teams, representing a range of organisations and groups from across Harrogate and beyond, and raised nearly £600 for the hospice.
The 2017 Cup-winning team captain, Jim Mossman of ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, was keen to encourage others to get involved. “This is an enjoyable way to support our local hospice,” he said.
He added: “It’s a very accessible and sociable sport that anyone can play.”
Chairman of Harrogate Montpellier Pétanque Club Nigel Clay said: “If anyone wants to find out more about how to play the game, they are welcome to come along to Club sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings or Sunday mornings.
“It really is a sport for all ages and abilities, and with an active social side to the club, it is a great way to make new friends.”
Anyone interested in raising a team, for the first time, in this year’s St Michael’s Cup can get more information and an entry form by emailing: mail@harrogatempc.