Rugby’s ‘pathway of fame’ being revamped

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, with Simon Gardner, visitor centre manager, lifting the first plaque on Rugby's pathway of fame
Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, with Simon Gardner, visitor centre manager, lifting the first plaque on Rugby's pathway of fame

Rugby’s pathway of fame is undergoing a revamp ahead of this year’s world cup.

The pathway of bronze plaques commemorates significant players and moments in the history of the game of Rugby, including the first world cup and England’s win in 2003.

All 50 plaques have been removed and returned to the foundry where they were made for repairs, cleaning and a polish, ready to be relaid later this year.

Borough council leader Cllr Michael Stokes and visitor centre manager Simon Gardner lifted the first plaque with the help of council workmen.

Cllr Stokes said: “The pathway has been very popular with residents and visitors to the birthplace of the game ever since it was laid, and it has been a great way to show people around our town.

“Some of the plaques need repairing, so we’re taking the opportunity to refresh all 50 plaques and look at the best places to put them.

“The town centre has developed since the pathway was first laid, so when it comes to putting them back we will make sure that they show the best that the town has to offer.”

Once relaid a new guide to the pathway of fame will be available, telling the story behind each plaque.

The first plaque on the trail commemorates William Webb Ellis and the birth of the game of rugby. The newest plaque, commemorating the England Women’s World Cup winning rugby team, was unveiled in December but will not be laid until the others have been refurbished.

The pathway of fame was installed in 1999.