Iain Balshaw will be in Gloucester city centre on Thursday
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GLOUCESTER'S British Lions stars Iain Balshaw and new signing Andy Titterrell will be centre stage in Kings Square on Thursday at 5pm as part of the summer in the City activity programme.
The initiative, set up by the City Council and supported by Gloucester Rugby, is designed encourage plenty of activity in the city centre and provide entertainment and fun for children.
Youngsters will be invited to test their kicking, jumping and agility skills in the Gloucester Rugby skills challenge alongside Balshaw, Titterrell and wingers James Bailey and Mark Foster.
"Community spirit at Gloucester Rugby plays a huge role at the club and there is nowhere more significant than the middle of Gloucester," Gary Little, Gloucester Rugby's community development manager told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"This is a great opportunity to come and meet some of our best players, experience a few tricks of the trade during the summer and get close to the action. It is a great chance for us to get into the city centre and show people what Gloucester Rugby is all about."
Summer in the City provides the opportunity to shop late every Thursday evening until 7pm, whilst some great family entertainment is provided in Kings Square. Free car parking is available from 5pm in the Hare Lane North and Hare Lane South car parks.
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