Twin tributes in honour of Ipswich's special ladies

TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Erin Manson's husband John Manson (right) and family members.
TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Erin Manson's husband John Manson (right) and family members. Rob Williams

TWO of Ipswich's most dedicated volunteers have had their memories recognised in a special fashion.

Del Rowlings and Erin Manson devoted their lives to the tennis community of Ipswich. Between the two, they had spent more than 50 years filling any role needed, from playing to presiding.

Now two park benches installed at the George Alder Tennis Centre and named after the pair will continue to provide support for future generations.

Ipswich Tennis official Jill Franklin said the memory of two amazing women will live on.

"Volunteers are one of the most amazing people in our community in many different capacities,” she said. "Some spend time short term, others for long periods.

"The ladies we honour today have served periods of over 50 years as committee members, players and supporters of tennis in Ipswich.

"It is fitting that we place two seats at the George Alder Tennis Centre to honour these two special volunteers.”

Del Rowlings' family poses at the tribute bench to Del at the George Alder Tennis Centre on Thursday.
Del Rowlings' family poses at the tribute bench to Del at the George Alder Tennis Centre on Thursday. Rob Williams

Family members from both the Rowlings and Manson families gathered to show their appreciation of the twin memorials celebrating their special matriarchs.

Both passionate lovers of the game, Franklin said the hard working volunteers would be sorely missed.

"Erin was a foundation member of mid-week ladies tennis in 1964 firstly as a committee member then as president, life member, patroness and player,” she said.

"She worked tirelessly often behind the scenes for the growth and development of the club and much of the club's success can be attributed to her love of the game.

"Del was a committee member and secretary of Mid Week Ladies for 50 years, a life member and player right up to near her passing.

"She was an amazing organiser and Thursday fixtures will not be the same without her.

"She portrayed a great sense of humour and always played her tennis in the spirit of the game.

"Both these ladies are sadly missed by players, past players, and supporters of tennis in Ipswich.”

Topics:  george alder tennis centre ipswich tennis memorial volunteers

Let Corby fit back into community

COMING HOME: Schapelle Corby is due to return home, but how will the media treat her.

Feeling the media has lost touch with the public

Reef on a collision course to catastrophe

IN DANGER: Experts say the Great Barrier Reef is facing the threat of extinction.

Environmentalists say we must act now to save the Reef.

Ipswich business in legal battle with brewer over trade mark

Fig Jam Catering owner Jason Davidson is taking Burleigh Brewing to court over its use of the Fig Jam trademark for one of its brews. Pics of Jason in his shop/kitchen with some of his products - his business has been operating since 2005.

A craft brewer has found itself in a legal pickle over FIGJAM ale

Local Partners

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

MIRANDA Kerr and her husband-to-be, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, are set to marry today in decidedly downgrade style with a backyard wedding.

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Home town support spurs on Ipswich chef

CONTENDER: Judges have praised the work of Ipswich cook Ben Ungermann, who has avoided the dreaded elimination rounds.

Ben gets a little sweeter

Shannon Noll: What I don't like about The Voice

ON TOUR: Shannon Noll will perform in Ipswich on June 3 as part of a 35-show run.

Australian Idol veteran talks reality TV during 35-date Aussie tour

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!