Stars to line out for rugby club opening bash
1:20pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Latest News
ROYAL Wootton Bassett Rugby Club marks the opening of its new £1.3m clubhouse with a three-day celebration starting tonight.
The events will also raise money for charities BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association) and the Wooden Spoon.
Jim Brierley, 62, vice chairman of the club, said: “It will be a great celebration, for the teams and for the community as well.”
The grand opening will kick off tonight with a black-tie dinner with special guests, rugby legends Mike Lewis, John Devereux and David Trick. There will also be a special a performance from the Wessex Male Voice Choir.
Tomorrow, celebrations begin at 11am with a parade through the High Street led by a marching band, to Ballards Ash where a special guest will cut the ribbon. Visitors will then be able to enjoy a military fly-past, fairground rides, a classic car display and more.
Later, a team of parachutists will deliver a ball to the ground for the match of the day between the Royal Wootton Bassett RFC Presidents XV and a team of Army veterans at 3.15pm. The day will be rounded off with a disco and fireworks.
On Sunday, events start at 10am with a Mini and Junior and Community Day Event with a touch-rugby tournament for the kids. Former world-cup legend Lewis Moody will be among the guests and visitors can enjoy live music and a barbecue before an under 16 match.
The event has been made possible thanks to the town council, which awarded the club £5,000 from its Grant Aid funding and the Revenue & Resources Project Fund.
Admission is £4 and under 16s go free.
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