Norwich celebrate their 125th anniversary

Supporters of Norwich Rugby Club old and new will be gathering to join the celebrations at their 125th Anniversary Ball on Saturday, June 18.

The club was formed in 1884 and has 400 members. It has played a pivotal role in the evolution of rugby in the local area and won the 'Norfolk Plate' this year. The club continues to flourish, with four senior sides and a thriving junior section that's benefitted from the growing popularity of mini and youth rugby today.

The celebration ball will be held on site in 'The Marquee' at Beeston Hyrne, on the North Walsham Road, and tickets are now on sale.

Club president Mark Loveday said: 'We're one of the oldest rugby clubs in the country and the reason for this, I believe, is the loyalty and hardwork of all those who get involved in the club and volunteer their time. I joined the under-7's team in 1982!

'We'll be welcoming friends old and new to our celebrations as well as raising funds for Wooden Spoon – The Children's Charity of Rugby. It'll also be amusing to see if the event hosts can pronounce 'quasquicentennial' – the correct term for a 125th anniversary – during the evening!'

Tickets are available at �50 per head and tables seat 10. The evening opens with a Champagne Reception sponsored by the Alan Boswell Group and includes a three-course dinner, music from the Emma Hall Band, Disco and Auction.

For more details or to book your table please contact 01603 860603 or email

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