Multi-talented bowls champion was an all-round sportsman

Raymond Turner. (s)
Raymond Turner. (s)

An avid Chatburn sportsman who was a champion crown green bowler has died at the age of 76.

Raymond Turner, originally from Earby, moved with his family to the village in 1971. He secured a position as an overlooker at Stonebridge Mill, having learned his trade in textiles after leaving school at the age of 15.

Raymond met Kathleen at a town hall dance in Skipton. They were soon married, and welcomed two daughters.

Once settled in Chatburn, Raymond quickly became involved in the local sports community. Having previously enjoyed playing crown green bowls for the Craven bowling club, he became an active and successful member of several local bowling teams, namely Great Harwood Premier League, Burnley Road, Ribblesdale and, latterly, Clitheroe Cricket Club.

Along with his interest in bowling, Raymond extended his gamesmanship to playing darts and snooker for Chatburn, and football for Chatburn and Rimington. He gained numerous awards, trophies and medals both for both his teams and his own individual efforts.

Sadly, Raymond’s beloved bowling days came to an abrupt end after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2009. Loss of the use of his right side meant that Raymond had to give up playing bowls but his love for the game did not prevent him from turning up to support the team and those who he had known for many years.

Raymond died peacefully at his family home in the company of his close family.