IT’S been a long time coming — but there was no doubt how much hundreds of youngsters enjoyed being part of a rugby festival once more.

More than 250 children took part in the event organised by Broughton Red Rose.

They were supported by hundreds of adults, all delighted to be back on the sidelines, cheering on their children.

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Committee member David Campbell said: “It was great to see some normality back to the primary rugby league game in the shape of a rugby festival, held by Broughton Red Rose.”

There were seven U6s teams, seven U7s teams, seven U8s teams and six U9s teams from clubs in Broughton, Seaton, Maryport, Cockermouth, Wath Brow, Kells, Egremont, Distington and Arlecdon.

“It was a great showing from all the clubs with more than 250 children taking part and several hundred spectators across the day,” said David.

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“It was reassuring to see such great support in numbers and some fantastic skills on show from children at such a young age group.

“The future of rugby league in Cumbria looks promising.

He is grateful to everyone for their support.

“I’d like to give a special mention to Susan Hascamp, of Snack Shack, for supplying food for all the children,” said David.