Boules rules for charities

Sacre bleu – Swansea Marina turned a little continental at the weekend.

the Lord Mayor's Boules Day returned for its eighth year.

Hundreds turned out to support the popular event, as players, many in fancy dress, took part to raise cash for charity.

Since its inauguration in 1999, the French-style tournament has raised more than £21,000 for worthy causes.

This year's office-holder, Mair Gibbs, led the Chain Gang into action against 15 other teams during the all-dayer.

This was the first time Councillor Gibbs had stepped on to the pitch.

"It's a wonderful event which is full of fun – come rain or shine," she added.

"Hopefully, we raised some much-needed money for my charity fund."

This year the money is supporting the South Wales Branch of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) as well as groups dealing with children with special needs.

Musical entertainment was provided by Swansea Accordion Orchestra with Gypsy Jazz and newcomers, the Ian James Band.

Swansea Bay Rotary Club, the Evening Post and the Queen's Hotel, in Gloucester Place, organised the event.

Paul James, of the Rotary Club, said: "Everyone is as enthusiastic about the event as ever."