Back-garden buried treasure thrills bowling club

02:43, Jan 10 2014
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Leah Fox next to the concrete Fitzroy Bowling Green sign that was dug up in the backyard of her new house.

A New Plymouth couple have unearthed an unusual relic from their back garden.

Leah Fox and her partner Jacob Whiting have dug up an old concrete Fitzroy Bowling Green sign.

The heavy discovery was found in their back garden on the corner of Baring Tce, next to where the former Fitzroy Bowling Club used to be.

Miss Fox said the pair thought the sign was just a big slab of concrete to begin with.

"The writing was face down so we had no idea it was anything important.

"We don't know how old it is, or how long it's been here," she said.

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Finding the old sign made Mr Whiting feel like a pirate who had discovered treasure.

"It will be nice to see the old folks reunited with memorabilia of their old club," he said.

Bruce Franklyn, greenskeeper of the Fitzroy Bowling Club said he was excited about the discovery.

"I'm just about the oldest member of the club and this sign sounds like it's before my time even.

"I started in 1982 and we shifted from there in 1998. I'm wondering if it might be part of our old gate," he said.

The interesting find could end up at the relocated club, which is now at 1 Baring Tce.

"It's a very exciting discovery," he said.

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