Celebrating the man who changed rugby

An exhibition was staged at Grandborough Village Hall recently, reflecting the life and works of Harry Timms (who helped develop the modern rugby ball.''Pictured: Gill Bullen & Eileen Bramley
An exhibition was staged at Grandborough Village Hall recently, reflecting the life and works of Harry Timms (who helped develop the modern rugby ball.''Pictured: Gill Bullen & Eileen Bramley

A PIONEER of the modern rugby game was honoured at an exhibition in Grandborough on Saturday last week (September 10).

As an employee of Gilberts of Rugby, Harry Timms changed the game forever with his rugby ball designs. Before Mr Timms redesigned the ball, players’ hands would often bleed during matches due to the rough stitching used to bind balls together.

The new design also allowed for much faster production, helping Gilberts of Rugby spread the game.

Tracy Pawsey, of Grandborough History Group, said the day had pulled in a lot of visitors.

She said: “It was a great day and throughout it there were a number of visitors to the village hall. We even had some Timms visit to learn more about their family and plenty of rugby fans who were interested in learning about the game’s heritage.”