The Ashes come to Nottingham Tourism Centre

Ashes Window

In Notts we love to put on a good display so what better way to show our support for England’s bid to retain the Ashes this July than a cricket-themed window at Nottingham Tourism Centre.

The Tourism Centre has been down to Trent Bridge to raid their equipment stores and allow passersby to get up close and personal with one of the world’s oldest sports.

The display includes a collage of photos of Trent Bridge, including players both past and present, as well, of course, as two generations of a certain Broad family (look out for Stuart as a baby!). The display has been inspired by Trent Bridge’s longstanding cricket heritage and its reputation as one of the sport’s best venues to play worldwide.

Nottingham’s Trent Bridge has hosted this prestigious event many times over the test’s 131 year history and it is always a great accolade for the city to be right at the heart of it. West Bridgford and the surrounding areas are expected to be teaming with cricket supporters from all four corners of the globe in the coming weeks, with some accommodation providers even reporting being booked up for almost a year prior to the matches as thousands of ardent fans descend on Nottinghamshire.

Stuart Broad - My World in Cricket

Stuart Broad’s book, My World in Cricket on sale at the Tourism Centre. A picture of him as a baby appears in the window

The Ashes name itself comes from a satirical obituary published in The Sporting Times in 1882 after a match at The Oval, in which Australia beat England at an English cricket ground for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket has died, and that the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media then dubbed the next English tour of Australia (1882–83) as the quest to regain The Ashes.. and the name, and of course the little urn, have stuck ever since.

It would also seem that the rivalry between the two nations has grown ever ‘stronger’ since that first match way back in the late eighteen hundreds, with fans proudly following their home teams back and forth from The Oval to Adelaide year after year. For many visitors this is a return trip to Nottingham and it’s always so nice to see familiar faces from so far away enjoying everything that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have to offer.

So here’s a massive ‘go get ‘em’ to the England cricket team from everyone at Experience Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Tourism Centre, we wish you the very best of luck in thrashing the Aussies!

If you’re not able to get down to Trent Bridge, a wide range of Trent Bridge souvenirs are also available from Nottingham Tourism Centre during the Ashes and beyond.

We have everything from mini souvenir cricket bats and balls to Trent Bridge glass tankards and tumblers. We even have signed copies of Stuart Broad’s autobiography ‘My World In Cricket’. So why not pop down and see us Monday-Friday 9:30-17:30, if not just to admire our lovely window.

Alternatively check out our brand new Pinterest board, full of Trent Bridge and Nottingham souvenirs >>

Posted on 10 July 2013
Featured author: Dane Information Assistant

Born, bred and buttered in Northumberland but now based in Nottingham. Happiest eating cheese or behind the wheel.

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