Clitheroe Rugby Club held their 35th end of season dinner and presentations at a packed Littlemoor clubhouse.
The assembled crowd spanned the ages from new recruits enjoying the dinner for the first time, to the seasoned veterans who had maybe seen it all before.
After an opening welcoming address from the Club President Colin Silcock, Master of Ceremonies Andrew Thornber got the evening off to a start by inviting second XV captain Bob Wilkinson to take the floor, and he announced the award winners.
The seconds’ most improved player was Mark Harrison, and players’ player of the season was Chris Harper.
Then it was the turn of first XV skipper Nathan Peel to address the expectant audience.
His anxiety on his public speaking debut was palpable, and although a little tongue tied at times, he made a decent fist of his speech. So much so that one or two of his jokes, actually raised a chuckle from the by now, slightly boisterous and worse for wear, listeners.
As the time approached for the presentations, there was a buzz of electricity in the air. Who had won the big one, where had the votes gone this year?
The first XV most improved player went to Greg Birch. Then the blue ribbon trophy for players’ player of the year was awarded to Alex Hough, who just shaded it over Darren Eagle.
Clubman of the year went to the larger than life character Aaron Shread.
So the formalities ended and friendships were rekindled in the traditional way, as the talk went on well into the night.
Clitheroe’s next outing is in Madrid on May 25th, as a party of 25 will have a relaxing long weekend interrupted by a game of rugby!