WITH the start of the Bath Pétanque Thursday Boules league just around the corner, boules players in Wiltshire can now play on a piste at the Tollgate Inn in Holt after its installation has finally been completed.
Owner Mark Hodges, 38 first came up with the idea after playing a game of boules in Queen Square in Bath with a group of friends a couple of years ago and since being finished, he has seen a number of teams come forward and use the newly-refurbished pitch.
Mr Hodges said: “The feedback has been brilliant and some of the locals have even gone out to buy a new set of French boules ready to play.”
A standard, 12x9m, size of a boules pitch allows for three games to be played at a time, although the piste at the pub has been extended to 14 x9m to allow players extra room.
Mr Hodges said he hopes the new feature of the pub will offer visitors an added attraction to visit the Tollgate Inn and he will soon be installing flood lights to allow teams to play in the evening.
The village attracts a buzz of boules every Boxing Day for the annual match and Mr Hodges, who has been owner of the Tollgate Inn for two and a half years, believes that the tradition should be carried on throughout the year.
The forthcoming season of the Bath Pétanque league starts on May 7 and ends on September 24.