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Tennis fans served up a treat at Buffery Park
8:10am Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in Local
TENNIS fans have been served up a treat as new courts are unveiled in Buffery Park, following a 30 year absence.
A £23,000 grant from BIFFA has funded the facilities, which have replaced the run-down basketball courts.
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Melvyn Mottram, joined The Friends and Residents of Buffery Park to officially open the courts, which sit alongside football pitches, bowling greens and a multi-use games area.
At one time the park boasted five courts and changing rooms, which were used by Dudley’s-own world champion tennis player, Dorothy Round.
The Friends group was inspired to bring back the facilities after hearing Sue Barker comment on how there was a lack of free tennis courts, especially in deprived areas.
Steve Briscoe, Chairman of The Friends and Residents of Buffery Park, said: “We would like to thank all our residents and our trustees for their support that day, it was a really memorable occasion.”
Councillor Melvyn Mottram, Mayor of Dudley, added: “After the amazing success of our tennis stars at the Olympics, it’s great to see a local facility available for youngsters to take up and practice the sport. Who knows, we could have the next Andy Murray on our doorsteps.“