Bridge bid to honour tutor

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JOHN Williams, who has taught 100 local people how to play bridge, was the guest of honour at a surprise party at Hillside village hall on Saturday.

And to coincide with his achievement in the world of bridge, the party also celebrated his 70th birthday.

Mr Williams was born on March 12, 1942, in London, and admits to being a great fan of West Ham Football Club.

He worked first as a structural engineer latterly employed in the mining industry in Africa.

But he made a change of career and moved to the oil industry and that was how he met Sarah, his wife.

The couple have five children and three grandchildren.

Mr Williams retired in February 1998.

His interest in playing cards started at a very young age with his family, and his passion developed from there. He plays with his wife, whom he also taught to play, and they are a formidable partnership competing at a national level.

Mr Williams started teaching bridge in 1998 soon after he retired, and it is now reckoned that he has taught 100 pupils.

He is also teaching bridge at Montrose Academy and there are seven juniors also regularly attending the club, bringing the average age down to the extent that Montrose is officially the youngest club in the district.

A few months ago the Review printed a photograph of some of his successful younger pupils.

The club is also playing online bridge at an international level.

The highlight of teaching for John is seeing his pupils play well - and the home baking ‘his ladies’ produce during their lessons!