Age is no barrier for table tennis challenge

A group of table tennis players in Weybourne are planning to have a six hour table tennis marathon t

A group of table tennis players in Weybourne are planning to have a six hour table tennis marathon to raise money towards the village hall restoration on April 20th. the participants are aged between 63 to 83.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

They may be dead serious with bat and ball in hand, but a team of table tennis players of a certain age are not above using some black humour to help cash in for a good cause.

Despite their advancing years, a group of pensioners are planning to take part in a six hour mini marathon and have persuaded a funeral director to support their efforts.

High Kelling based Lloyd Durham Funeral Services agreed to sponsor the sporting endeavour, which is being held to raise funds to help renovate Weybourne Village Hall.

Department store Bakers and Larners of Holt and High Kelling Store are also pledging donations.

The group of veteran players, who have a combined age of 1588 are hoping to serve up at least a £1,000 for the fundraising appeal.

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Seven of the participants taking part in the mini-marathon are aged over 80.

It will be a physical test for the players who are members of table tennis clubs based at the village hall on Beach Lane.

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The normal sessions last a couple of hours and combine fun and enjoyment with a dash of competitive spirit.

Retired deputy head teacher Derek Collings has organised the sporting challenge taking place on April 20.

Mr Collings, 73, said: 'We just play for fun, but it is very competitive - old people still want to win. There are screams of joy or curses echoing through the hall.

'Table tennis is fantastic exercise and socially good to get out and meet people and have a laugh.

He added: 'Someone suggested finding an undertaker to sponsor the event and we thought the idea was hilarious. Lots of our members keep playing for years and go on and on until they die. Table tennis is a game that people often play when they are young and then forget about before coming back to it later on.'

The village hall committee is aiming to raise £10,000 towards the restoration appeal providing a new roof, floor and refurbished toilets and boiler room.

Village hall committee secretary Lois Blamire said: 'It is brilliant what the table tennis teams are doing, every little helps. A lot of the players don't live in Weybourne, which makes it even more wonderful.'

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