War veteran Gordon rolls into Torquay as part of centenary bowls challenge

War veteran

Gordon Short - Credit: Submitted

Burma Star veteran Gordon Short is dropping in on Torquay for a couple games of bowls.

But this no ordinary date in the sporting calendar.  Gordon is 100 years young and is out to raise thousands of pounds for the Devon Air Ambulance.

Gordon left the army with the rank of Captain. He probably would have made a Major, but he took his commanding officers girlfriend on a date. The colonel found out and demoted him.

He has always had a passion for bowling. He has been the President of the Devon Bowling Association and has played all over the world.

Now his family have challenged him to play five 'ends' at 20 clubs across Devon - adding up to his magical 100 year age.

Gordon played his first match at the Hoe in Plymouth on July 20 - the same place where Sir Francis Drake was playing when the Spanish Armada were spotted. He refused to interrupt  his game and went on to defeat the Armada.

Gordon, from Burrington, is due in Torquay on Tuesday July 27.  He will be playing five games at 11am at the Kings Club followed by another five , five games at 2pm against members from Belgrave Road

He and his family have been regular supporters of Devon Air Ambulance over the years and have been personally affected by the life-saving service.  
Family members have organised numerous charity golf days, donated diamond wedding anniversary gifts and most recently gave £1,000 in celebration of Gordon’s 100th birthday, but now this amazing centenarian is undertaking the  new fundraising challenge set by his son Graham... 
Outside of wartime service, Gordon is a real philanthropist and has dedicated his life to serving his local community. With 30 years in his local parish council, 13 years as county councillor, 33 years of service as secretary, chairman, vice chair to the British Association of Seed and Agricultural Merchants, plus many years spent serving various other committees, such as Devon County Show.

He is currently a member of the South Molton Bowling Club. To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gordon-Short100


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