This was organised by Stow Parish Archive Group as part of Stow Sports Week who decided in a fit of historic madness to celebrate the special relationship between France and Scotland, the “Auld Alliance” by bringing petanque to Stow. We have unearthed some interesting connections with France and Galawater in the medieval period, as well as tracing the history of curling, bowls and boules. However, for most people who braved the rain, there were memories of times in France where the clink of metal on metal in sun-baked dirt, shaded by trees in Mediterranean towns, is accompanied with heated repartee fired with sloshes of pastis. Thursday evening was another scenario – more a clink of beer glasses, the slosh of boules sliding through puddles, and cheery chat whilst queuing for fish and chips. Nevertheless, eight teams rose to the challenge and the tournament was played out to the finale under the expert guidance of some marvellous people from the Scottish Petanque Association – Colin and Maggs Mortimer from the Inverleith Club in Edinburgh and Colin Stewart from Penicuik Petanque Club.
The winning team, the McHodgners, went home with some French wine and the rest of us kept our spirits up with French brie and Scottish oatcakes. Thank you to Stow Primary School for letting us use their piste . There is now some talk of setting up a permanent piste in Stow – if you’re game – get in touch!
More photos at http://www.galawater.co.uk/events/ssw12/front.htm