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Six Days Of Christmas . . . An Historical Countdown

posted Dec 21, 2016, 9:11 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
It was the THIRD season of action in the League - 1935 - that saw the rise to national fame of a bowler from the Mid Shropshire area.

Mr J. W. Pickering became the first from Shropshire to win the British Merit that year, beating W. Rhodes of Cheshire 21-19 in the final at the Mitchells & Butlers Recreation Club in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

A Wellington schoolmaster, Mr Pickering was a member of Charlton BC at the time, but had been the first secretary of St Georges BC after it was founded in 1922 and had lost in the 1926 County Merit final to A. Riley of the Cock Hotel during a spell bowling for Dawley BC.

He went onto become the first man from Shropshire to be British President (1942-45) and remains the only person from the county to have been secretary of the sport's governing body, a post he held from 1946 to 1950.

But his Mid Shropshire connections remained strong, and he was the first ever president of the League, fulfilling the role for an incredibly long period from 1934 to 1954.