THE parents of bowls star Carole McLean have paid tribute to their fun-loving daughter – and said her funeral will reflect her personality.
The Leeds United anthem and Queen’s We Are The Champions will be played and there will be a guard of honour from Carole’s England women’s team mates.
The ceremony will be held at Scarborough Crematorium on Thursday July 7 at 2.40pm.
“As a family we are devastated by the loss of Carole. She was a fun-loving, laid-back person who enjoyed life,” said mum Julie and dad Colin.
“She had a smile for everyone and a wonderful sense of humour,” they said.
The couple, who live in Highfield, Scarborough, have another daughter, Angela, 25.
Carole, who was a regular member of England’s indoor and outdoor bowls teams, as well as Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club, died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 27. She had ovarian cancer.
Her fiance Nick Newbold, who works at Next in Westborough, Scarborough, also paid tribute to his partner of 10 years.
“I will always treasure the happy times that we shared, especially our engagement in Paris in 2007.
“My fiancee was my rock and my world. She was loved by all her friends, family and fellow bowlers all round the world,” he said.
The couple shared a home in Blenheim Terrace, Scarborough.
Carole, who worked at Boyes in Queen Street for three years, loved all sports and especially football and played for Scalby Ladies.
She supported Leeds Utd and also shared a love of Glasgow Rangers with dad, who works at McCain in Eastfield.
The former Graham School and Yorkshire Coast College student started playing bowls when she was nine with the junior section, Jumping Jacks, at Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club on the north side of town.
Her granddad, Geoff Herrington, would take her to the centre to watch and one day she was asked if she would like to play.
Her subsequent success stemmed from a natural talent combined with the excellent coaching and encouragement she received from club members, particularly in her early days from long-standing member Malcolm Bramham.
She won a string of junior and club competitions. At 17 she was selected to play for England in a women’s international match against Wales, and over the years since then made regular appearances in the England Under-25s and full international teams.
When just 21 she became the youngest winner of the Golden Charter National Indoor Champion of Champions title.
And in 2006, following her success in finishing as runner-up in the women’s singles championship at the World Bowls Junior Cup which was played in Australia, she was a member of a five- strong team which toured Israel for a test series.
Carole had been the Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club ladies singles champion for the past 11 years, the ladies’ pairs title holder with different partners since 2004, and had numerous successes in triples and fours competitions. And this year she became the English women’s national indoor singles champion.
In summer Carole was a member of South Cliff Bowling Club.
“We are so proud of her bowling achievements,” said Mrs McLean, who works at Scarborough Hospital.
“Carole was a very keen sportswoman. She was successful and was as gracious in defeat as she was in victory.”
Tributes from the bowls community around the world have flooded in. Everyone is welcome to attend the funeral service. All those attending are asked not to wear black. Family flowers only.
“We want people to dress in colourful clothes. Carole would not have wanted people to wear black,” said Mrs McLean.
Eulogies will be given by a representative of Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club, which has also opened a book of condolence for the champion, and by one of her best friends and fellow England player Katrina Jones.
“Carole was a star, a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter and fiancee.
“We are all comforted by the tremendous amount of cards, flowers and messages of support we have received,” said Mrs McLean.