Former champions to make Dewsbury return

MEMBERS of Dewsbury's championship-winning team will be back in town for the inaugural Dewsbury Rugby League Day next weekend.

Organised by Dewsbury Town Team, the event celebrates the 40th anniversary of Dewsbury RL's 1973 Championship-winning campaign and everything great about a sport that's an integral part of the town's history.

Current Dewsbury Rams and Dewsbury-born personalities of the game will be mingling with fans, signing autographs and posing for photographs in the town centre, and from 10.30am until 11.30am the Rams' cheerleaders will be performing in front of the Town Hall followed by a rousing Haka rendition by local schoolchildren.

At around 11am there will be a re-presentation of the trophy to members of the cup-winning team by Kirklees Mayor Coun Martyn Bolt.

Former Dewsbury captain and TV personality Mike ‘Stevo’ Stephenson, pictured bottom left, will say a few words on the Town Hall steps before the players make their way to the New Picture House on South Street, where they will look at a collection memorabilia and then watch a screening of the 1973 cup final.

Fans will get a chance to see the actual cup for themselves and have their photographs taken with members of the legendary team.

Team mascots from several clubs will also be mingling with the crowds and posing for photographs.

There will be a mini rugby game between two mascots, watched over by an official rugby referee and later there will be a mascot relay race.

Town Team officials are encouraging visitors to turn out in their favourite club’s rugby jerseys and colours to help make the family-friendly day even more memorable.

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