On behalf of the Northern Ireland Bridge Union I am delighted to have this opportunity to welcome the English Bridge Union to the 75+ club and to offer it our sincere congratulations and best wishes for the future.
Since its foundation seventy-five years ago on this day in 1936 the Union has done splendid work in promoting, at all levels, the game that gives us all so much pleasure (and, I fear, on occasion, heartache as well). I would single out for special mention the wonderful example it sets in introducing the game to young people, particularly at a time when there appear to be more exciting forms of entertainment to enthral them. Its work amongst schoolchildren, and especially primary schoolchildren, will hopefully instil a love of bridge into new generations and ensure the future of the game.
In common with many other bridge players in Northern Ireland I have had the pleasure of participating in some of the excellent competitions run by the Union and enjoyed the camaraderie that accompanies them. I have always been made very welcome and I know the NIBU does its very best to reciprocate when friends from across the water come to play here. I look forward to more friendly rivalry in the future – and, hopefully, a long-overdue win for Northern Ireland in the Camrose.
A Very Happy Birthday to the Union, and many more to come.
President of the Northern Ireland Bridge Union