Leeds rugby past celebrated with a 10p pint at pub

Landlord Mark Anderson at The Garden Gate pub in Hunslet looking at the Hunslet history boards in his pub.

Landlord Mark Anderson at The Garden Gate pub in Hunslet looking at the Hunslet history boards in his pub.

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A historic pub will pull pints at 10p a pop today to celebrate the heritage of rugby in south Leeds.

The Hunslet Rugby Foundation’s heritage group has joined forces with Leeds Brewery-owned pub the Garden Gate to create a room dedicated to the history of the game in the area. At the unveiling of the room today the first 100 pints of bitter and mild will be priced at just 10p - the equivalent amount in today’s money that customers were charged in the 1930s.

Mark Anderson, Garden Gate landlord, said: “It’s really just about two long standing institutions within the community coming together to promote their heritage and take a great trip down memory lane.”

The room will officially open at noon today, exhibiting memorabilia from across the years. Club legends Allan Snowden. who was the club’s top try scorer in a season, and Billy Langton the club’s record scorer, will have individual boards to celebrate their achievements.

The Championship One grand final trophy, which was won by the club this year, will also be on show for the afternoon.

Peter Jarvis, 70, a former Parkside player and chairman of Hunslet Rugby Foundation’s heritage group, called for members of the public to donate pictures and memorabilia to add to the collection.

He said: “When people walk into the pub it will be amazing for them to share in the club’s memories, it sparks conversations and the heritage pub is the perfect place to compliment the history of it all, pure and simple.

“Hopefully, it will be the first of many projects where we can save memorabilia from getting lost in someone’s attic or garage.”

To donate or get involved email: peterjarvis8@sky.com

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