A YOKER bowling club raised money for charity with the help of former football referees.

Albion Bowling Club held a fundraiser last November in support of Erskine Veterans Charity and raised £1500.

The charity picked up the cheque earlier this month.

John Rowbotham, an ex-referee in Scotland's top flight, along with Jeff Winters who was a whistler in the Premier League, hosted the night. 

The event involved speeches by both former officials, along with a raffle and auction.

Gregory Clancy, club secretary of the bowling club, was keen to highlight the importance of the event and how delighted he was to get both men involved.

"Each speaker did between 45 minutes to an hour," he said. "The raffle was next and then the auction.

"We raised a lot. It was a combination between raising money for Erskine and the upkeep of our boardroom.

"We pulled in the majority of the prizes, including signed t-shirts from Celtic and Rangers.

"It was a really good presentation with the two referees. We were delighted to raise as much money as we did for Erskine as we had another charity night round about the same time."

The Albion Bowling Club raised £1500 in total for the charity and Gregory hopes the event will become a yearly tradition.

"We are hoping to make it an annual fundraiser since it was such a success," he continued. 

"It was good to get together for all the bowlers during the off-season.

"Some of the members of the social club work for Erskine so there is that connection.

"We sold roughly 100 tickets for the event, so it was well attended.

"The social club themselves actually supplied all the staff for free of charge and the set up as well."