Thornbury Rugby Club celebrates Golden Jubilee
SCORES turned out to celebrate 50 years of Thornbury Rugby Club.
The club's golden jubilee celebrations took place last weekend, beginning with a ball at the club’s grounds in Rockhampton on Friday, August 30.
Club members and partners dined and danced on the pitch itself, albeit in a specially erected marquee.
This was followed with a sportsman’s dinner on Saturday night which saw former British and Irish Lion Fergus Slattery and current England cricket selector Geoff Miller speaking about their fascinating careers in sport.
Compere Jed Stone kept the evening going and an auction run by Thornbury’s own Jon Pullin raised a substantial sum for charity and the rugby club’s jubilee project fund.
Thornbury RFC is hoping to raise money to kickstart a project to upgrade the changing rooms at the ground. The club also supports PROPS charity which raises funds for children and young adults with learning difficulties.
The weekend’s events reached a climax on Sunday afternoon with a music festival headlined by The Wurzels.
Crowds packed out the club’s grounds from 2pm for a range of local music, including Polly Pearce, Emily Crawford, Emily Teague and Thornbury-based rockabilly band The Honky Tonks.
A hog roast and barbecue accompanied the bar and children had plenty to do with a bouncy castle and climbing wall. Club secretary Dave Fox said:
"It’s been very hard work but it was well worth it to see so many people having a great time throughout the weekend.
"It would never have worked without the passion and drive of the event leaders Sue Cason, Dave Baines and Graham Bartlett nor chairman Michael Tinney plus the army of volunteers from the club.
"The rugby club would like to thank everyone that helped out, and to those from outside the club who came to our ground and shared the celebrations of our first 50 years."
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