Famed sports presenter Steve Rider cut the ribbon on the new multi million pound Desborough Bowls Club centre on Friday.

Tamra Booth who is Managing Director at Sorbon Estates - the commercial arm of Buckinghamshire-based Shanly Group - which developed the new centre, said: “After working closely with the Desborough Bowls Club over many years, we are thrilled to see Steve Rider cut the ribbon on Green Lane today.

"The new centre offers state-of-the-art facilities and significant parking, broadening access to the sport of bowls and meaning the club can be a real focal point of the community. It was a significant occasion made even more special by the attendance of Steve, a real legend of English sport.”

The new centre in Green Lane delivers international competition-standard facilities and includes an eight-rink indoor green, six-rink outdoor green, a purpose-built clubhouse and generous parking.

Bowls Club president John Bucknell said: "This ceremony was the culmination of a very successful partnership with Sorbon Estates and marks the next chapter in the club’s long history. I am extremely excited to be a part of a club that has such history but is now able to perform on the world stage. We look forward to many more successful years at our new home.”