REDDITCH has a new European champion after Margaret Dignum claimed the continent’s veteran table tennis title.

The 75-year-old picked up gold in the recent Veteran European Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden, in the over 75s to 79 category.

Margaret, who took up table tennis as a 13-year-old, is no stranger to taking on the world's top players after picking up medals in a number of championships throughout her life.

"I have played all over the world,” she said. “I’ve travelled to in Australia, Japan, China and America, and that wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for this great sport.

“Table tennis never gets the recognition it deserves, but it’s one of the sports, especially at veteran level that we really do excel at.

“Including myself, we had three English players making the finals which is a phenomenal achievement.”

When not competing around the world, Margaret also represents her country and county, playing for Worcestershire over 60s, as well as locally at Astwood Bank Table Tennis Club.

Following her success, Margaret is urging beginners or people who used to play the sport to start back up again at the Astwood Bank club which plays in the Bromsgrove and Redditch League.

She added: “Audrey Hancox has allowed our team at Astwood Bank to play in her purpose built table tennis room for the last 25 years.

“People of any age would be most welcome at Arrow Vale School on Sunday evenings at 6pm where there are trained coaches to help you enjoy a wonderful sport.”

Those who are interested should call Ian on 07974 407212, or just turn up.