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Rotherham goes red and white for promotion send-off

posted 27 May 2010, 06:34 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 28 May 2010, 00:44 ]
Approaching 1,000 people packed central Rotherham to give a massive send-off to the Millers, Rotherham United FC, ahead of Sunday’s Wembley play-off that could see the side promoted to Division One.

All Saints’ Square – renamed Millers’ Square for the day – was a sea of red and white to welcome the team, their manager Ronnie Moore, chairman Tony Stewart, Mayor Rose McNeely, and Borough Council leader Cllr Roger Stone. He wished to team good luck on behalf of the people of the borough, and Tony Stewart thanked everyone for their support.

Adding to the colour, artist volunteers, through ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance), created a massive chalked Millers badge on the square.

And taking Rotherham’s name national and even international were media including broadcasters Sky Sport, BBC Look North, BBC Radio Sheffield, Rother FM, Hallam FM and Real Radio, and newspapers the Yorkshire Post and Rotherham Advertiser.

Teams from the council’s Environment & Development Services helped decorate the square in red and white. The council’s Visitor Centre shop helped raise funds for the club by selling official merchandise, including flags, scarves and T-shirts signed by the players.