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Marcus Gallagher and Pete Somers will be picking up volunteer awards at the Eastern Counties RU annual dinner at The Atheneum, Bury St Edmunds next month.

Gallagher, youth chairman at Hadleigh Rugby Club, will receive an Exceptional Volunteer award, while Somers, from Sudbury Rugby Club, will be presented with a Services to Rugby award. Both were nominated by their clubs.

Junior membership at Hadleigh is set to exceed 300 next season and Gallagher, previously a player, now coaches the under-9s and under-10s.

He has helped oversee the refurbishment of the clubhouse, grown membership and membership receipts, restructured the membership database, made the kit shop profitable, and become a club sponsor.

At Sudbury Somers helps to keep the Whittome Field clubhouse looking at its best. The club has rugby activities five days a week during the season, and is hired out for various functions.

Somers, who played for Sudbury in the 1970s and 1980s, is now involved in coaching at Ipswich Bobcats basketball club.

Chairman Bob Waller said: “Pete was asked to help maintain the facilities, and he has taken the role way and above the call of duty.”

n Sudbury, winners of London League Division Three North East, will be presented with the champions shield at the dinner on June 5.

n Eastern Counties start their Bill Beaumont County Championship fixtures on Saturday, in a three-team group, when East Midlands are the visitors to Cambridge University’s Grange Road ground (3pm).

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