85-year-old rugby matchday programme is discovered in Sidmouth hotel
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Historic memento is presented to Sidmouth Rugby Club
An historic rugby match-day programme, which featured a visit from the Duke of Connaught, has been discovered at a Sidmouth hotel.
The Royal York and Faulkner Hotel found the keepsake, which dates back to a match in Sidmouth in 1932 attended by Queen Victoria’s son.
The hotel initially gave the souvenir to Sidmouth Town Football Club, believing it to be a football programme.
Andy Argyle, development officer for the football club, presented the framed programme to rugby club chairman Lester Willmington.
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Mr Argyle said it was nice to present the piece of history ‘from the round ball to the oval ball’.
Terry O’Brien, secretary of the rugby club, said: “The Duke of Connaught’s visit was the first time a member of the royal family attended a rugby match other than at Twickenham.”
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