An open-top bus parade through Northampton town centre to celebrate the county cricket team’s success in the Friends Life t20 cup has been moved forward a day as it clashed with the captain’s stag night celebrations.
Northampton Borough Council had pencilled in Saturday, September 28 as the date for the cricket team to attend a civic reception at the Guildhall and enjoy a victory tour through the town centre.
However, Northants Steelbacks’ captain Alex Wakely was planning his stag do the night before so the players have asked for the parade to be moved to earlier the same evening so they will be able to enjoy both events on the same night.
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “When we were told that a number of the players had personal commitments on the original date we were more than happy to bring the celebrations forward a day. I am sure everyone will understand that the end of the season is the perfect time for us to honour the players, but the players have also had to put their own plans on hold until after the last game. So we have found a date that works for everyone.
“The players are enjoying a great year, and there could be more silverware before the season ends. The event will be a chance for fans to celebrate with the team and show how proud we are of our Steelbacks. I am sure everyone will want to come into Northampton town centre on Friday 27 September to cheer our champions.”
Full details of the route and timings will be announced nearer the date, including how supporters at Franklin’s Gardens will be able to see the Steelbacks as The Saints are also playing at home that evening.