A SERIES of events are being planned as Dunbar Rugby Club celebrates its centenary.

The club, which is based at Hallhill, will play two matches with Helensburgh – the clubs being at each end of the John Muir Way – as well as a dinner/dance, ladies’ day and golf event to mark the occasion.

Founded in 1913, the club has been instrumental in the career of a number of players, including Scotland internationals Grahame Budge and Derek White.

Ross McKenzie, previously vice-president at the club, has been busy organising a number of events to mark the occasion.

He said: “We must thank our sponsors for all the support they have given the club during our anniversary year.

“We have teamed up with My Name’5 Doddie Foundation to raise money to find a cure for MND.

“Any profit made from events and raffles, merchandise, etc, will go to the charity.

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“A celebration brochure is being created to mark our 100th anniversary and will be available around June time.

“A lot of things have changed in rugby over the years.

“Travel in years gone by had to be planned well in advance, with train trips as cars were limited.

“[There were] postcards for notifications of team selection (it’s text and email nowadays).

“We have moved facilities from our clubhouse at Winterfield in 2000 to play at Hallhill Sports Centre, along with other sports clubs in Dunbar.

“Winterfield brought many happy memories to Dunbar RFC and we were sad to leave but our facilities at Hallhill are fantastic.”

Already the club has held a centenary strip presentation, which included a lunch at Hallhill for 110 past and present members.

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Robbie Cockburn, 1st XV captain, told the Courier how proud he was to represent the club during the milestone year.

The 26-year-old inside centre said: “I am Dunbar born and raised and played through the minis rugby.

“It is quite a privilege to captain the side and during this year makes it a wee bit more special.”

Among the events planned over the next 12 months is a past players’ night at the Castle Hotel.

An evening of nostalgia and exaggerated stories of playing days at Winterfield and now Hallhill is promised.

On the field, Helensburgh will visit Hallhill for a special match in April.

Later in the year, Dunbar will visit the opposite end of the John Muir Way for a pre-season contest between the two sides.

In June, the club are holding their ‘Main Event’ with a dinner/dance at the Strawberry Barn at Thistly Cross.

Live music and food are promised for the event, with tickets going on sale soon.

Also in June, the club are holding a golf competition at Winterfield for members and guests.

A family sports day and barbecue are planned for the summer, while later in the year there will be a ladies’ day for all ladies associated with the club over the years.

More information on all the events can be found via the club’s social media and website.