‘Party in the Park’ to toast 118 years of rugby history at Claro Road

19/1/04   Claro Road  the home of Harrogate Rugby Union club.
19/1/04 Claro Road the home of Harrogate Rugby Union club.

Claro Road will receive a stellar send-off with a day of entertainment on Sunday.

Harrogate Rugby Club will host a Party in the Park throughout the afternoon to celebrate the 118 years they have played at the ground.

Gate will move to a new base on Rudding Lane, near Follifoot in January after a long battle to move away from their County Ground.

The National Two North outfit started playing at Claro Road in 1896 after originally playing at Dragon Fields.

The club will celebrate with a family gala day at the club which will kick off at 12pm with a true game of two halves between Harrogate Rugby and Harrogate Town football club.

Local bands will then perform until 9.30pm as the Claro Road stand will be transformed into a grandstand.

BBC Radio Five Live’s Dom Busby will compere the day alongside former England international John Bentley.

There will also be a barbecue, hog roast and other food outlets on offer.

Organiser Gareth Gibbs said: “I am told by our historian that the most people ever to be at Claro Road was 2,300. We are trying to beat that.

“It’s going to be a huge night of entertainment.”

For more information see the club’s website www.pitchero.com/clubs/harrogaterugby/