CIVIC leaders have expressed their delight at seeing Worcester Warriors secure promotion back to the top level of English rugby.
Among those to pay tribute was Worcester MP Robin Walker who rushed back to Sixways following the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons earlier on Wednesday (May 27).
Despite it taking him an hour to travel 300 yards in the heart of London, Mr Walker arrived just before kick-off and was in the stands to cheer Warriors on.
“It was a wonderful, nerve-wracking match with immense relief and joy at the end of it both in the city and around the region,” he said.
Mayor of Worcester, Coun Roger Knight, said: “Worcester Warriors have made the whole city proud and have really cemented Worcester’s reputation as a vibrant sporting city.
“I want to give them my heartfelt congratulation and wish them every luck in the Premiership.”
Coun Simon Geragthy, leader of Worcester City Council, said:
“The whole city can take immense pride in Worcester Warriors’ brilliant achievement in putting Worcester back up at rugby union’s top table.”
Labour group leader, Coun Adrian Gregson, said: “I’m very pleased and excited for the players and club and the supporters, it’s a great result for the city. It is another opportunity to raise Worcester’s profile as a place, reinforcing the sporting offer that includes basketball, racing and cricket.
“The economic benefits to the City are important, visiting fans staying here, using bars and restaurants, visiting our attractions.
Coun Adrian Hardman, Worcestershire County Council leader said: “I know I speak for the whole county when I say congratulations Dean Ryan, the squad and the senior management team.
“What an exciting game to watch and what an impressive win for Worcestershire,” he added.