RUGBY town centre wasn’t the only place celebrating the rugby world cup.
The village of Grandborough hosted an exhibition on Saturday honouring one of its most famous residents – Harry Timms. As an employee of Gilberts of Rugby, he changed the game forever with his rugby ball designs. Before Mr Timms redesigned the ball players’ hands would often bleed during matches due to the rough stitching used to bind balls together. Mr Timm’s design allowed for much faster production of better rugby balls, helping Gilberts of Rugby spread the game throughout Rugby and beyond.
Tracy Pawsey, of Grandborough History Group, said the day had pulled in a lot of visitors for Grandborough: “It was a great day and throughout it there were a number of visitors to the village hall. We even had some Timms visit to learn more about their family and plenty of rugby fans who were interested in learning about the game’s heritage.”