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United Bottle Makers of Yorkshire given a rugby ball - signed by all the Featherstone Rovers' players - by the Mayor of Featherstone to raffle off at the Armed Forces day celebrations in the Castleford Tigers Stadium.'Dave Saville, Ian Kirton, Ian Kirton

United Bottle Makers of Yorkshire given a rugby ball - signed by all the Featherstone Rovers' players - by the Mayor of Featherstone to raffle off at the Armed Forces day celebrations in the Castleford Tigers Stadium.'Dave Saville, Ian Kirton, Ian Kirton

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A CHARITABLE group of bottle makers from Yorkshire is raffling off a rugby ball signed by Featherstone Rovers’ players to raise cash for the Yorkshire Regiment’s Trust Fund.

The United Bottle Makers of Yorkshire – employees from the seven glass factories in the county – will sell tickets and draw the raffle during an Armed Forces Day event at Castleford Tigers’ Probiz Stadium on Saturday.

Ian Kirton, who works for Allied Glass in Knottingley, formed the group to raise cash for local charities after hearing five Yorkshire soldiers were killed in Afghanistan earlier this year.

He said: “We are taking this rugby ball signed by the team who knocked Castleford Tigers’ out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup to the Probiz Coliseum, but it’s all for a great cause and it should be a brilliant day.”

At the event, which is raising money for various soldiers’ charities, there will be a parade from the Castleford Royal British Legion branch at 11.45am to the stadium, on Wheldon Road, where there will be a RAF Hawk flypast, live music, and children’s games, until 5pm.

Tickets for the raffle prize – which also includes a Rovers’ family ticket – cost £1 for five.