MacLean, Campbell keep knocking down pins


NEW GLASGOW — Two of the oldest local bowlers continue to enjoy the sport.

Mary MacLean, 97, and Emma Campbell, 95, toss bowling balls at candlepins at the Heather Bowling Lanes.

“I’m a late bloomer,” chortled MacLean, who has been bowling since taking up the sport when she was 85.

MacLean lived in Hopewell and now resides in Stellarton.

Her daughter drives her to bowling on Wednesday mornings.

“I like the people,” she said, explaining why she bowls three strings each time. “I don’t consider myself a good bowler, but it’s fun.”

MacLean doesn’t throw strikes very often but enjoys it when she does.

“I do get strikes; they’re quite rare, though,” she said. “It’s more good luck than good management but it feels good every time.”

Campbell began bowling in the 1940s at the old V-8 location on Archimedes Street after moving to New Glasgow from Moose River.

“After I started working I was asked to bowl,” she said. “I hadn’t bowled in my life. But I enjoy it. I enjoy the camaraderie. I’ve made many, many friends through bowling. I used to throw strikes a lot but I still get them.”

Campbell used to bowl three times a week until three years ago and is now a fixture on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. She lives near the bowling lanes and is able to drive her car to the alleys.

Heather Lanes manager Laurel Goodwin finds MacLean and Campbell inspiring.

“It’s great to know you can be physically active,” she said. “It’s good for them to have a place to go, and it shows how bowling is a lifetime sport.”

Heather Lanes attracts recreational and competitive bowlers through various leagues and its junior program.

“We’re very fortunate,” Goodwin said. “It’s nice our leagues go from youth to 95-Plus.”

Emma Campbell, left, and Mary MacLean are ageless members of the Heather Bowling Lanes in New Glasgow. (Goodwin photo)