The Arbroath Bridge Club came into being on the 26th Sept 1952 when 28 people responded to the invitation of Mr Pat Wallace to meet in the Seaforth Hotel and discuss the formation of a bridge club.
In the early years the club played rubber bridge and board bridge on alternate weeks. Cash prizes were on offer, even for what we now know as duplicate.
Founder member, Mr Scott Henderson, relates that the club’s equipment consisted of twelve tables and forty eight ash trays. It appears that speech play and dubious tactics were very much in evidence.
However the club thrived, and by October that year there were 56 members, and a waiting list had been created.
Rubber bridge was discontinued in 1959, and the weekly duplicate came to the fore.
From 1952 – 1984, the Arbroath Bridge Club met in The Seaforth Hotel. The club moved to The Viewfield Hotel, and then on to The Indoor Bowling Club. Following one season in The Cairnie Bar, the club moved to The Colliston Hall where it currently meets on Wednesday evenings during the playing season (September – April).