Plymouth clubs fear closure of Drake's bowling green

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The historic green where Sir Francis Drake played bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada is under threat.

The lawn on Plymouth Hoe, Devon, is owned and operated by the city council and used by three bowling clubs.

The clubs fear they will not be able to afford to carry on if it is handed over to them under Big Society reforms.

Plymouth City Council said it was considering a proposal to transfer some playgrounds and bowling greens to local community ownership.

Drake, who was born in Tavistock, Devon, is said to have insisted on finishing his game of bowls, before setting off to defeat the Spanish Armada in In 1588....

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