Past players travelled from as far away as Spain for a special reunion of current and former players to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a Norfolk rugby club at the weekend.

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Among the 100 ex Wymondham Rugby Club players who attended the 40th birthday part at the club’s ground in Tuttles Lane East were two founding members, John Sims and Stan Kelly, who were traced following extensive detecctive work by the club.

They enjoyed a big Past and Present Players lunch with the other players on the Saturday, while there was also a beer festival from Friday evening until Sunday with 30 ales from local breweries, live music, barbecues and a hog roast.

The organisers were raising money for a number of charities, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance and cancer charity Big C, while some of the money was due to go to the clubhouse improvements fund.

Malcolm Robins, one of the organisers, said over the weekend the club was expecting over 1,500 visitors and he believed 600 had visited the club on the Saturday alone, taking advantage of the last of the summer sunshine.

There was also rugby action on the field with the club’s first team in action against Lowestoft and Yarmouth.

The club, which is looking for a new ground, has 1,300 members and fields 18 teams, including mini and youth teams.

Mr Robins said: “Wymondham is a unique club in that it is very much orientated to the local community. The players are local and it is supported by the local community so there is a real family feel to it.”

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