Uckfield Rugby Club celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday evening with a glittering event.
It was a far cry from the evening when the club was formed.
On that winter’s night, there was a power cut with people’s eyes streaming from the fumes coming from paraffin lamps.
The club’s first ground was behind what is now the Rajdutt restaurant in Eastbourne Road with players changing in the bar of what was then the Barley Mow pub.
Members built a clubhouse at the ground, which is now used by AFC Uckfield.
The rugby club moved to Hempstead Playing Fields, next to the River Uck, with the new clubhouse being officially opened in March 1990.
Throughout its 50 years, the rugby club has played a huge part in the life of Uckfield, with members supporting many events and organisations over the years.
Saturday’s event at the East Sussex National was attended by the president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Peter Baines.
President of the Uckfield club, Peter Reeves, told guests of the “Family of Rugby” at the club with grandparents, grandchildren, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters all proudly wearing an Uckfield shirt and playing for the club.
Some of the club’s original members were present at the golden jubilee event.
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