Carry on volunteering: an award for actress and tennis chairman

NOMINEE Laura Collins and (inset) as she appeared in Carry On Matron

A ‘CARRY ON’ actress and valued tennis club member from Tunbridge Wells has been nominated for a county tennis volunteering award.

Laura Collins, the Chair of St John’s Lawn Tennis Club is one of four nominees for the Kent Lawn Tennis Association (Kent LTA) Volunteer of the Year Award.

Ms Collins has been a member of the club since she moved to the area almost 30 years ago and has been the Chair for six of those years.

She has had a successful career as an actress and dancer, having studied at Italia Conti Drama School and featured in many film, television and stage performances, including the 1972 slapstick comedy ‘Carry On Matron’.

On hearing of her nomination, she said: “I felt incredibly proud and quite emotional, not just for myself but for the whole club and our fantastic team.”

Ms Collins has a history of voluntary work and was Chair of the Oast Theatre, Tonbridge for seven years and was National Chair of the now disbanded cricket charity, the Lady Taverners, in which she chaired the Kent and East Sussex region for 20 years.

Ms Collins is married to the after-dinner comic entertainer Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan MBE and lives in Bells Yew Green.

The results of the award nominations will be announced at the Annual Awards Dinner, which will be held at the Tudor Park Country Club, Bearsted, Saturday February 11.

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