Stars of the Norfolk bowls scene enjoy their moment

Cromer Cup winners Norfolk Bowling Club A. Front, from left, Matt Flatman, Hayley Pettitt of sponsor

Cromer Cup winners Norfolk Bowling Club A. Front, from left, Matt Flatman, Hayley Pettitt of sponsors Hansells Solicitors, Wayne Willgress, mens president of the Norfolk Bowls Association Brian Taylor and Mark Riches. Back, from left, Chris Willgress, Jake Willgress and John Tufts. Picture: Newsmakers PR - Credit: Roger Holden

John Ottaway, Norfolk Bowling Club and Wootton Park claimed the top plaudits when the Hansells-sponsored Norfolk Bowls Association honoured their champions.

Vernon Hudson of Bales Cup winners Wootton Park (centre) with, left, Hayley Pettitt of sponsors Hans

Vernon Hudson of Bales Cup winners Wootton Park (centre) with, left, Hayley Pettitt of sponsors Hansells Solicitors, and mens president of the Norfolk Bowls Association Brian Taylor. Picture: Newsmakers PR - Credit: Roger Holden

Last year Ottaway was helping to give out some of the 30 trophies and awards in his role as men's county president.

This time he was collecting the Sir Henry N Holmes Trophy after winning the Norfolk singles title for the ninth time, giving him the unique honour of having been crowned champion in four different decades.

He also skipped Wymondham Dell's triples champions.

Norfolk Bowling Club won the Hansells Norfolk League for a fourth successive season and also provided the pairs and under-25 singles winners – all of the triumphs featuring John Tufts.

Under-25s Championship winner of the Horace Leech Memorial Trophy, John Tufts, of Norfolk Bowling Cl

Under-25s Championship winner of the Horace Leech Memorial Trophy, John Tufts, of Norfolk Bowling Club. with Roger Holden, managing partner of Hansells Solicitors & Financial Advisers (left) and mens president of Norfolk Bowls Association Brian Taylor. Picture: Newsmakers PR - Credit: Roger Holden

Unlike those multiple champions, Wootton Park, from King's Lynn, were celebrating their first ever success in the Bales Cup – the FA Cup of Norfolk bowls, dating back to the 1930s.

Brian Taylor, who steered Norfolk to success in the Eastern Counties League during his year as men's county president, shared the presentations at the Holiday Inn in Norwich with Roger Holden, managing partner of Hansells Solicitors and Financial Services.

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The president took the opportunity to praise the part Hansells have played in the on-going success of the association during their 12 years of sponsorship, saying: 'They've been wonderful for bowls in this county. We are greatly indebted to them for everything they've done.'

Ottaway added: 'Hansells have been brilliant.

Hansells Solicitors Cup winners Wymondham Dell B. From left, Roger Holden, managing partner of Hanse

Hansells Solicitors Cup winners Wymondham Dell B. From left, Roger Holden, managing partner of Hansells Solicitors & Financial Advisers, league sponsors with Alan Kerridge, Brian Taylor, Mens President, Norfolk Bowls Association and Peter Bailey. Picture: Newsmakers PR - Credit: Roger Holden

'We would have had difficulty running the association as we do without them

'Their input over so many years has done so much to keep the costs down, not only for the county itself but the clubs as well.'

Holden responded: 'They've been an absolute pleasure to be with and it's always enjoyable every year to help celebrate with all the winners in one place.

'It's the 12th year Hansells have sponsored the bowls.

'It's important to support the community where you live and work and we have had an enormous amount of enjoyment from sponsoring the bowls.'