To celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch coming to Poole, two of England’s top senior international table tennis players; Matt Ware, 21, and David McBeath, 20, put on an impressive exhibition of table tennis to wow a packed audience.

The table tennis exhibition was held in the Emerson Hall in Hermitage Road, Upper Parkstone – the home for the newly formed Parkstone Table Tennis Club.

A packed audience of Parkstone scouts, cubs and local budding table tennis players were treated to a showcase of table skills by Ware and McBeath.

Ware, ranked at number 8 in England along with David McBeath, ranked 9, played out a five game exhibition extravaganza of trick shots to dazzle the keen onlookers.

Following the performance, all the youngsters participated in a round the table competition with the internationals and afterwards there were photo and autograph opportunities.

Matt Ware with budding table tennis star Lilly Rand, 8, from West Moors

The existing hall is mainly used as a meeting place for the Scout movement, but now a new table tennis club has been formed called ‘Parkstone Table Tennis Club’ that will meet every Thursday during the day from 10am to 1pm to offer a facility to enjoy a friendly practice session where all ages are welcome to join in and only for £3 a session.

Hopefully the Olympic flame will inspire people of all ages to join in the friendly club sessions every Thursday from 10am-1pm, on the three table tennis tables.

For further details contact the Parkstone TT Club Secretary; Geoff Ware on 07899012518