RUGBY-mad residents flocked to a roaring party to celebrate Castleford Tigers’ new Super League licence.
Members of fans’ group Tigers Together held a community gala at the club’s Wheldon Road ground on Saturday – with face-painting, a raffle and a junior rugby tournament.
Kevin Lloyd, chairman of the group, said: “It was a fantastic day, even the rain kept away.
“It’s fair to say the event was an unprecedented success.
“It was a feast of junior rugby – the quality of rugby on show was of the highest order and was played in tremendous spirit and sporting behaviour.
“It was nice to see so many people down supporting the event and enjoying the facilities and attractions.”
Brotherton under eights and Leeds West under nines won a WISH communication fair play trophy.
There was also a “dads” seven-a-side game during the extravaganza, organised to mark the club’s new licence to play in the top flight from 2012-14.
Mr Lloyd said: “Well done to all players and coaches for playing such attractive rugby. I don’t know if many people get the chance to watch these youngsters, it really is a joy to see them playing.
“It was nice to see them enjoying themselves so much – they revelled in the chance to play in front of so many people especially when on the main pitch.
“I would recommend junior rugby to anyone.
“An event like this takes lots of organising and preparation, and we would like to thank all those who have helped and supported us in making the gala the success it was.”