85-year-old rugby matchday programme is discovered in Sidmouth hotel
PUBLISHED: 19:30 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 01 March 2017
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.
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.”