They liked it so they sung a parody of it.
Three elderly women from Melbourne, Australia, sing and dance in a now-viral Beyoncé skit called “All The Bowling Ladies” to raise awareness for lawn bowling in an effort to save the decades-old club where they play from destruction.
The local government has threatened to demolish the Chadstone Bowls Club in order to erect a new sports stadium in its place.
The friends — Wyn Hewett, 72, Terry Foster, 82, and Janine Hall, 82 — have amassed more than 1 million views for the video on the club’s Facebook page.
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“It’s just amazing,” a fellow club member, Denise Wallish, 58, who came up with the idea for the video, told HuffPost Australia. “I think people get it, they get that it is morally wrong, and they want to support it.”
The video is part of an effort to save “Chaddy Bowls” from a demolition that the Stonnington City Council announced it was considering last year. It’s the preferred site for a new $ 20 million basketball stadium, according to ABC News Australia.
“We’ve got to get into modern times … so I rejigged the lyrics to (Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’) and asked a couple of the girls if they’d be up for a bit of fun,” Wallish said.
Only one member of the now-famous group of ladies had heard of Bey, but they were all eager to do their part to save the club.
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“It’s all for the bowls, that’s what we care about,” Hall told the New York Times.
Lawn bowls — a game that involves rolling balls outdoors (sometimes indoors) to try to land them as close as possible to a smaller “kitty” ball — is no longer as popular as it once was in Australia. It is, however, still widely played and beloved by seniors.
“The bowling club is not just a sporting outlet,” Wallish told ABC. “For many people, it’s their connection with their community. We have a man in his 90s who said he would chain himself to the fence to save it.
“For some of those elderly men bowlers who are widowers or divorced, the bowls club (is) the reason they get up in the morning.”
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