First wedding at Rastrick club ...

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HISTORY was made at Rastrick Bowling and Social Club last Friday, May 3 when the first wedding and reception was celebrated there.

Re-writing the club’s record books was club stewardess Kate Grunday, who for months had been saying it was about time she made an honest man of her partner of 29 years, Bob Smith.

In that long period of time they have raised seven children and become well known in the local licensed trade and also at a local school.

Kate was originally caretaker at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe and Bob worked for Calderdale Council.

Kate then headed off down Wakefield Road to be mine host for sixteen years at the Punch Bowl at Bailiff Bridge, where she built up a good clientelle and from where successful local football teams operated from.

When the pub was closed by the holding group over four years ago she carried out some relief work before moving to the Toothill Bank-based Rastrick Bowling and Social Club and in July she will have been there for four years.

For the wedding itself, Kate was given away by her mum, Shirley, and the best man was Mick Priestley, a good friend of the couple for the past 20 years.

The club has two weddings booked for later in the year and welcome interested parties to come and view the facilities at the well appointed club.

The Rastrick club has undergone extensive refurbishment both to the surrounding area and to the interior of the building.

A club will once again be hosting the annual Brighouse and District Snooker League’s presentation night complete with cabaret on Thursday, May 23.