The St Albans Duplicate Bridge Club has celebrated 50 years by attending a ceremomy at the hotel where it was founded.

Founded at The Peahen Hotel in May 1964 from the ashes of Hatfield Bridge Club, which had folded in 1962, the club returned for a ceremony on May 5.

The club transferred to St Michael’s Church Hall, and moved to The Jersey Farm Community Centre in May 1989.  The 25th anniversary of this move coincides with the 50th of the club’s foundation and to celebrate both these anniversaries, an annual The Peahen Anniversary Pairs Competition took place.

This competition recognised the club’s origins and Tom Dennis, the current manager of The Peahen Hotel donated a trophy. Seventy players gathered from across the country on May 5 to attended the first competition for this trophy.

The first winners were Tugrul Kaban and Ton Dessain.

The club meets for Duplicate Bridge every Monday at The Jersey Farm Community Centre.