The Rugby World Cup trophy will be touching down at a town club, as part of celebrations to mark England hosting the tournament.
The iconic Webb Ellis Cup is visiting Alnwick Rugby Club next Thursday and sports fans will be able to have their picture taken beside it.
The famous gilded silver prize, which was held aloft by Martin Johnson after England’s 2003 triumph, will be at Greensfield from 5pm to 7pm.
Vice-chairman Brian Lamb admitted that hosting the trophy will be an unforgettable moment in the club’s history.
He said: “To celebrate the fact that the Rugby World Cup is being held in England, the trophy is doing a tour and we are the only club in Northumberland to be hosting it.
“We are very honoured about this and we are inviting people to come and see it and have their picture taken beside it.”
Brian believes Alnwick has been chosen in recognition of its mammoth fund-raising efforts to transform facilities at Greensfield in 2013. On top of this, the blue ‘n’ golds were last year selected by the Rugby Football Union to receive a Lead Up & Legacy Transforming Social Spaces Grant.
The club is keen to attract youngsters to next week’s event. Ali Gaines, chairman of the club’s youth and mini rugby, said: “We have a thriving youth and mini section and juniors are more than welcome to attend on Thursday, especially any new members who want to play in the forthcoming season. Anyone interested should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org”
Senior players will do skills work with youngsters at the event. The Duchess of Northumberland and World Cup ambassadors are to attend. Entry is free and there will be a barbecue.
It is the first in a number of events at Alnwick Rugby Club to celebrate the upcoming World Cup.
On September 9, there will be a ‘posh barbecue’ with beef and red wine from 7pm, in aid of Wooden Spoon – the children’s charity of rugby.
This will be followed by a fun works’ tag festival competition on September 18, from 6pm. Teams of seven, including two women, can enter. There will be a barbecue and England’s match against Fiji at Twickenham – the tournament’s opening fixture – will be shown on the big screen.
A number of themed nights will be held at the club during the tournament.
For details and to book for the posh barbecue or tag festival, call Brian (01665 603023).