The chairman of Warwick District Council, Cllr Clare Sawdon said: “The lead up to the championships is proving very exciting. The facilities at Victoria Park and the club flags lining the Parade in Leamington are looking splendid.

“The town is a perfect home for the championships with its world class bowls facilities, fabulous array of accommodation, shops, restaurants and great transport links. With over 20,000 visitors expected, injecting between £710k – £1.2m into the local economy, the 2014 joint championships will hopefully be the best yet and cement Leamington’s reputation as the home of English Bowls.”

Tony Allcock MBE, chief executive of Bowls England is delighted with how preparations for this year’s championships have progressed, commenting: “With less than one week to go to the start of the championships on Saturday it is fabulous to see the years of hard work, planning, investment and organisation come to full fruition.”