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Your News Westoe look for ways to raise important cash

Westoe Rugby Club is hoping for a festive financial fillip - with the help on an ex-England star.

Chairman Duncan Murray, seeking ways of raising much-needed cash, hit on the idea of selling Christmas trees from the club car park.

And Shaun Cassidy, a First XV coach, knew just the man to turn to; a good friend of his, Colin White, who as a Gosforth prop won four international caps.

Colin, whose playing career began at Northern where he is now coach, is boss of a forestry firm at Fourstones, Northumberland, and was able to provide the club with high-quality firs and a variety of other accessories such as wreaths, tree stands and winter plants.

Westoe, having won eight of their nine North One games so far, are joint top with Hull and well on course to achieve their avowed ambition of promotion to the elite national stratum.

Mr Murray said: “We are now among the very best clubs in the region and have brought a standard of rugby to South Tyneside that it has never before seen. And we are striving to get better still.

“But as standards rise, so do overheads in such things as travel, training and equipment and as we get no outside help we much find ways of making money ourselves.

“We hope all who appreciate local sport will support the club in this venture.”

The sale begins on Saturday ( November 29) and a home delivery service will be provided.

Colin has the rare claim to rugby fame of twice being on a team that beat the formidable All Blacks - the North of England side that Won 29-21 at Otley in 1979 and England four years later when the Kiwis lost 15-9 in 1983.

He said: “Local rugby needs all the help it can get and it is satisfying to me that I am in a position to assist a club with such history, traditions and ambition as Westoe .”

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