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Get behind Rugby World Cup celebrations, Gloucester businesses urged

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

Rugby World Cup 2015 is coming to Kingsholm

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BUSINESSES are being asked to get behind the buzz of the Rugby World Cup coming to Gloucester in 2015.

City event organisers want to close Kingsholm Road on April 12 when the Cherry and Whites play Bath as a dry run for putting on street entertainment during the four international matches next year.

Liz Barnwell, from Marketing Gloucester, who are co-ordinating the city’s events, said: “The idea is to use it as a bit of a dry run for the World Cup and we hope that businesses will get behind that and make the most of it.”

But not every trader agrees with the road closure. Car dealer Geoff Cooper says firms along the road have barely recovered from seven months of road closures for major water works.

Mr Cooper, from Cooper Cowen motor company, said: “We have had to battle through seven months of roadworks down here.

“We rely on a lot of passing trade and many people have decided not to come back down here after all the problems and now they want to close it off again.

“People just won’t want to come here. It is just not on because a lot of people are still struggling to even get any compensation for the water works.

“The rugby club has a big car park which could be used for all this entertainment. We just don’t need it on the road.”

Adam Balding, the city’s Rugby World Cup co-ordinator, said that organisers want to create a party atmosphere across the city to coincide with the matches.

Businesses will be encouraged to get involved by putting on offers for fans, while families will be able to watch the matches from a specially created ‘fanzone’ at Gloucester Docks.

Jason Cooper, from A.C. Belting, also based on Kingsholm Road, said: “Closing the road for the roadworks was one thing – and on that we are back to square one with sorting out the flood defences – but closing it for a day here or there to celebrate is something I would support.

“When I went to the Rugby World Cup it was absolutely buzzing. There was an amazing atmosphere and if we can create a bit of that here next year then it will be a great way to promote Gloucester.

“I know Geoff probably won’t agree with me but if it is done properly it could be a good thing.”

Marketing Gloucester are preparing plans but will need to submit a road closure application to Gloucestershire County Council. The public will then be consulted on it.

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  • SimonGray44  |  February 25 2014, 7:16PM

    Let's face it, Gloucester's scrum is never the same without Rupҽrt Hardҽn anchoring it and we have no effective maul or defence against it when he is not on the field. Nigel Davies knows that which is why he (and not the clueless multi-identitied troll "Richardburton" aka NOTArugbylover aka gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20) selects Harden to start in the tough, critical games.

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  • GlawsSurfer34  |  February 24 2014, 5:21PM

    Harden is the undisputed first choice tight head at Gloucester Rugby, unless you are some know-it-all troll like the gullible Richardburton/Django_G/Absolam/Gareth_J/akadau/Kap721/etc. who claims to know better than the coaches at Gloucester Rugby. That's the coaches who work with the players week in, week out.

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  • richpenton46  |  February 24 2014, 3:15PM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll Richardburton aka AKA "flinty41" AKA "flinty11" pretending to be a Gloucester Rugby supporter. The fact is, he is a clueless idiot who knows absolutely nothing about Gloucester Rugby or rugby union. In fact, he knows so little about anything that it comes as no surprise that his daily routine includes a visit to the job centre. He doesn't even come from Gloucester.

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  • telwez88  |  February 24 2014, 9:33AM

    Laugh at the clueless multi-ID troll, "Richardburton", pretending he knows who anything about rugby. He doesn't even know where Kingsholm is and has certainly never been in the Shed. He isn't even from Gloucester, for goodness sake!

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  • SidGlawsder79  |  February 21 2014, 7:56PM

    I love the way, week after week, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn plants a great big dollop of egg on the face of the multi-ID troll Richardburton aka NOTArugbylover/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone/bikeshed etc. (whichever one he thinks he is today). The troll wouldn't know a decent tight-head if he was slapped around the head by one, though he would enjoy the experience immensely.

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  • Brasher44  |  February 20 2014, 8:24PM

    A troll is a troll and "Richardburton", who also posts his dull nonsense under the identities of NOTArugbylover/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone, is a clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll who has no idea where Kingsholm is because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby, He has no idea about rugby union either as he loves watching wendyball.

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  • Newilldon65  |  February 19 2014, 7:27PM

    Harden is a class act. There is no doubt about it. The Gloucester Rugby hating troll Richardburton/NOTArugbylover/shedheadNOTLIKELY/gloslover-NOT/dopey_lerone THINKS he knows better than the coaches at Gloucester who put Harden in as the first choice tight head but no one is paying NOTArugbylover/shedheadNOTLIKELY/gloslover-NOT/dopey_lerone for his rugby brain. Not least because he hasn't even got a brain.

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  • s_sorca43  |  February 17 2014, 6:58PM

    The dopey Richardburton aka the BANNED NOTArugbylover aka shedheadNOTAGLOUCESTERSUPPORTER aka dopey-lerone/dumbanddumber20 is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden has proved him so wrong time after time with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • Archie_Brew01  |  February 16 2014, 6:57PM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating BANNED multi-troll glawsteruk1 now calling himself glawsteruk2 and Matt1006. He is soooo upset that he has been found out with his latest identity. He knows absolutely nothing about rugby union, sat in his sad home for sad lonely old men. #Harden, the number one tight head at Kingsholm.

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  • CrazyLegs54  |  February 16 2014, 6:17PM

    ...And up pops the very Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll, "Matt1006", with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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