Falkirk pensioners hold all the aces by winning national bridge title

Henry and Ricky held all the aces
Henry and Ricky held all the aces

Two pals have proved they still have a few tricks up their sleeves by winning a national title for playing cards.

Even with a combined age of 164, pensioners Henry Lees and Ricky Serafini showed they are more than a match for their younger rivals by winning the Scottish Bridge Union’s 2014 Gourmet Pairs Championship.

The friends, who have been playing bridge for over 20 years and play at The Tryst Bridge Club on Mondays and the Conservative Club mid-week, rate this their best ever success.

Retired head teacher Henry (94) from Glenbrae and Ricky (70) who lives in Gartcows and is the former owner of Falkirk’s famous York Cafe, won 24 hands of bridge to beat players from across Scotland to the top prize.

As stalwart members of Falkirk Bridge Club for many years they have won competitions before - including the very competitive Johnstone Stewart Pairs Trophy in 2013 - but this latest accolade really is a ‘big deal’.

Ricky said: “This involved every Scottish bridge club so we’re absolutely delighted with the result. As a national event it’s a very prestigious one to win.”

For producing the winning hand they have each been given a £250 voucher to spend at a Michelin starred restaurant, a prize Ricky admitted is going to be put to very good use.