MILESTONE: The Ipswich Ladies Social Tennis Club was established in 1954.
MILESTONE: The Ipswich Ladies Social Tennis Club was established in 1954. Contributed

Tennis group serves fun and friends

MEMBERS of the Ipswich ladies social tennis club have celebrated 60 years of forehands and friendship together.

The group celebrated at George Alder Tennis Centre on Tuesday with a spread of delicious party food, a beautiful cake and of course, a hit of tennis.

Maibrey Martin was one of the founding members of the ladies social tennis group which has been meeting every Tuesday since 1954.

"Every Tuesday has been tennis day for the past 60 years," she said.

"I love the day out with the girls, I really enjoy it.

"We started when Doreen Dancer and I met in town one day in 1954.

"She asked what I thought about starting a social tennis group and I thought it was a good idea."

The social tennis club meets at George Alder Tennis Centre and boasts over 20 regular members.

Mrs Martin said she has loved tennis ever since she was a child.

"I played tennis nearly every day," she said.

"My parents used to say, 'Why don't you take your blankets and stay there because you're playing all the time?' "

Delma Evans began playing tennis when she was 15 and joined the Ipswich ladies social group 58 years ago.

"We learned tennis in school and I loved it, I love the challenge," she said.

"We always sit here until about 2.30 although tennis finishes at 12.

"We've made so many friends."

According to fellow players Mrs Evans, who turned 78 this year, still has a mean swing.

"It's a real milestone, we haven't really noticed though, we all just turn up every Tuesday and keep playing," she said.

"As long as the old legs keep going so will I!"

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