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Legends gather for 1895
Two of rugby league?s all-time greats will be on hand to unveil 1895 International?s new official logo on a plaque outside Huddersfield?s historic George Hotel this Saturday (November 22).
The fundraising group, which has been established to drive forward international rugby league, will be hosting its second official gathering, with many leading figures involved with developing the world game expected to be present.
The centrepiece of the gathering will be the unveiling of the organisation?s new logo on a plaque at the entrance of the hotel by rugby league legends Johnny Raper MBE of St George New South Wales and Australia and Trevor Foster MBE of Bradford, Wales and Great Britain.
1895 chairman Lionel Hurst commented: "It is indeed a great honour for the organisation for two immortals of our sport to be performing the unveiling ceremony.?
Saturday?s gathering will also feature key-note speeches and Q&A sessions involving a number of those involved in the development of the sport internationally, including Lebanese development manager Danny Kazandjian.
To mark the event the hotel will be resplendent in red, white and blue and green and gold, with the flags of Australia and Great Britain flying proudly in honour of the Ashes clash that will take place at the McAlpine Stadium directly after the gathering.
1895 International successfully staged its inaugural NRL Grand Final Breakfast at the hotel last month, with funds generated going towards the staging of this year?s Mediterranean Cup in Beirut. Announcements concerning future events and initiatives are expected to be made at Saturday?s gathering.
The executive of 1895 International consists of: Lionel Hurst ? lawyer (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire) Zoe Vine - account manager (London) Carolyn Braithwaite- group marketing manager of Brook Hotels (Sevenoaks, Kent) Tony Kenny - director of Code Blue Marketing (Huddersfield)
The sport of rugby league was formed as the result of a historic meeting at the George Hotel on August 29, 1895. The first official executive meeting of 1895 International will take place in the same room (the Charter Suite) on the 108th anniversary of that first gathering.