Respects paid to Eastbourne bowler full of drive and enthusiasm

Leonard Bull
Leonard Bull

The Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club lost one of its most respected members with the recent passing of Len Bull.

In his early days Len joined the Royal Navy at the age of 17 and during the war, he served on the H.M.S Hurst Castle, operating as a gunner.

On his discharge from the navy he joined London Transport and spent his entire working life with them, also playing for the company cricket team until back problems saw him retire from the sport in order to play bowls instead.

He joined Temple Bowls Club in 1970 and was elected club captain for their centenary year in 1981.

After his retirement, Len moved to Eastbourne with his wife Vera and began to play bowls regularly for Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls club, eventually becoming involved in numerous aspects of the club including the organising of a successful annual charity event which has since raised over £35,000.

Of course, this needed someone with drive and enthusiasm to make it happen and Len fulfilled this task admirably.

Len will be remembered as a great family man and both his son and grandson made moving tributes at his funeral.

Len was one of those special people who make England such a great country to live in and throughout his life he touched the hearts of so many, and will always be remembered with love and affection.