WORCESTER’S Barbarians skittles side paid tribute to a long-standing team member after winning a major inter-county tournament.

They beat more than 30 rivals to take the coveted trophy and were joined in Torquay by George Burrow who has since died.

Barbarians, based at the Prince of Wales pub in Warndon, scored 414 points to finish 10 ahead of their nearest rivals Windmill Nomads from Gloucester.

The team described Burrow, 83, as a legend who loved his skittles.

Captain Andy Cook said: "At the tournament George drove his mobility scooter through an archway formed by the team and the entire room stood up to applaud him."

The Worcester Friendly League regulars have been attending the Serious About Skittles Series of competitions since 2012 and this was their second win.

Joint managing director Rachel Hosking, of Serious About Events, said Burrow was "a great skittler, competitor and a wonderful man who will be much missed".

Barbarians faced teams from all over Bristol, Somerset, Gloucester, Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Cardiff in the weekend competition.

Cook said the team always play with great team spirit and things just went right on the day.

He said: "We won in Torquay the very first time we entered these tournaments eight years ago and clocked up a record score of 503.

"It’s never been beaten and we’ve never quite got over it to be honest."

That moment will never be forgotten by Serious About Events either who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year with a series of Silver Awards.

Barbarians won the Epic Moment Award for that monumental score.

The pink sombreros were part of the team’s fancy dress theme at the competition in Devon.