Against the background of a smouldering bonfire, Mary Hughes and David Face won the honours in the Winter Tournament blessed with unseasonal sun.
Neither the smoke from the two-day-old fire, the previous day’s heavy rain nor the leaves covering the courts deterred the eight teams of men and women from enjoying a splendid morning in the sun.
David had joined other players with leaf-blowers and brushes on court before the event got under way, while Mary’s new hairstyle provided a touch of glamour to an occasion well organised by Alison Yeomans.  Sue Tout and Steve Harknett were runners-up, while Barry Eaton and Mirren Boyle were honoured with a trophy for their plucky participation.
On Bonfire Night itself, Sara Dove, Ann Parker and Jeremy Toye served a splendid range of cakes to revellers on the tennis club stall, raising over £125 towards the upkeep of the Rec.
Photos:
1. Winter sun shines on all
2. Mary and David with celebratory LTA beermats
3. Alison presents Barry and Mirren with their trophy
4. Sara and Ann with cakes