Webb Ellis trophy visits town

The main attraction. (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)
The main attraction. (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

One of the grandest prizes in sport was on show in Market Harborough last Friday as hundreds of rugby fans turned out to catch a glimpse of the Webb Ellis trophy.

The cup was on show at the unlikely venue of the Spar shop in Coventry Road in town for nearly three hours on Friday from 7.30pm.

Queues outside the Spar in Market Harborough. (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Queues outside the Spar in Market Harborough. (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

An estimated crowd of 300 people turned up throughout the night, with scores queuing up outside the store and braving the rain at times.

Rugby’s top prize was visiting the store as part of the Rugby World Cup’s promotional Trophy Tour, courtesy of event sponsor Heineken, and the cup is completing a 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland in the lead up to next month’s competition.

Tracy Wilson, the manager of the Spar shop in Coventry Road, said: “It was a great evening to share with so many of our customers and the local community.

“The atmosphere was fantastic and we are so pleased with the turn-out.

Sean Noice takes a family selfie with the Webb Ellis World Cup at the Spar in Market Harborough.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Sean Noice takes a family selfie with the Webb Ellis World Cup at the Spar in Market Harborough.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

“We hope that everyone enjoyed the evening and got some great photos.”

Steve, John and Teagan Beaufoy with the Webb Ellis World Cup at the Spar in Market Harborough. ('PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Steve, John and Teagan Beaufoy with the Webb Ellis World Cup at the Spar in Market Harborough. ('PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Spar staff...Remy Nichols, Laura Hutcheson, Adam Creighton, Heather Robertson, Andy Wright, Tracy Wilson and Allison Clark with the Webb Ellis World Cup at the Spar in Market Harborough.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Spar staff...Remy Nichols, Laura Hutcheson, Adam Creighton, Heather Robertson, Andy Wright, Tracy Wilson and Allison Clark with the Webb Ellis World Cup at the Spar in Market Harborough.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Sam Tyrrell gets close to the Webb Ellis trophy.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Sam Tyrrell gets close to the Webb Ellis trophy.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Jack Wilson and Harry Fordham both 12 of Market Harborough Rugby Club under-13s with the Webb Ellis Trophy.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Jack Wilson and Harry Fordham both 12 of Market Harborough Rugby Club under-13s with the Webb Ellis Trophy.' (PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)