A BOWLING Club chairman has hit out at "malicious" rumour-mongers who have claimed that it has closed.

Peter Grant insisted Leslie is very much alive – despite a housing development which, it has been alleged, could threaten its existence.

He said the rumours, whose source has not been disclosed, had caused concern to members and other players across Fife who enjoyed the hospitality of the club and the quality of its green.

Mr Grant, who is also a local councillor, said: "These rumours are untrue and unfounded – the club is open as normal.

"We are fulfilling a busy programme of friendly fixtures, have several new applications for membership to be considered at our next committee meeting and our competitions will soon be in full swing."