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Banned women bowlers issue writ.

WOMEN bowlers who were booted out of their local club have served a writ on the all-male committee demanding their return.

Thirty five women were expelled from Dalmellington Bowling Club in Ayrshire after asking for equal rights.

The row blew up after their treasurer, Jan Somerville, 60, complained the women were treated like "skivvies".

She said they were no longer prepared to do all the club catering and wait on the men in return for two hours bowling, four days a week.

Their lawyer, Lauren Fowler, claims their expulsion is in breach of the club constitution and they should be reinstated.

The committee have 21 days to respond to the writ.

The women have set up a pounds 3000 fighting fund raised from raffles and various events to pay for their costs should the case end up as a civil action at Ayr Sheriff Court.

The bowling battle has split Dalmellington. A spokeswoman for the woman said: "A few residents in the village are ignoring us in the street.

"But most people seem to understand that we are in the right."

Last night, Jan Somerville welcomed the writ.

"This is just the first step on a long road which will hopefully lead us to getting what we deserve.

"We feel as if we are getting somewhere and most of the people are behind us."

Solicitor for the bowling club, Michael Scott, confirmed a writ had been served on the committee.

He said: "I will be meeting them next week to establish which course of action they wish me to take."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 10, 2001
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