GRAHAM HEWITT IS 70!

On Tuesday 7th December 2021, Graham Hewitt celebrated his seventieth birthday and he decided that he wanted to do something special and raise money for our local bombeiros at the same time.  So, he enlisted Bob Bennie as a partner and the two of them played bowls for twenty-four hours starting before sunrise on Graham's birthday.  A variety of other bowlers booked two-hour slots to provide them with competition.  António Pires arranged temporary lighting and a variety of other people lent their support in different ways.

Graham had found out that Tavira Bombeiros were in need of two computer tablets for operational use.  They cost €736 each and by the end of the marathon, He had enough to buy them and expects some surplus which will buy something else that the firemen need.  

UPDATE; By the morning of Friday 10th, Graham was able to report that the sum raised had reached €2250, wow!

The photographs below tell the story of the day (and night).  Most of them were taken by Elspeth Hodgetts. who did sterling service throughout the twenty-four hours.

The Bombeiros have now been presented with two handheld computers, a rechargeable power drilçl and emergency torches.

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The birthday boy himself

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First opponents

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Off we go

Crop circles are old hat, long live dew art (courtesy Bob Bennie)

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Marking off the end of the second hour

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What an action!

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Graham lets another one go

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Break for cake

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Some people dressed for the occasion.

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As darkness fell, the ladies arrived

...followed by their partners

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On the midnight shift

One bolwer remembered to set the alarm but forgot to get dressed

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For those who have never seen floodlit bowling

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The final shift

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We did it!

Just the paperwork to complete

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The second sunrise and a final group photograph