Official opening of Rushden changing rooms named after toy shop owner Jim Osborne

New pavillion: Rushden: new pavillion in Jubilee Park officially opened by family of the man in who it is named after.  The Osborne family present at the opening of the Jim Osborne Pavilion.  Mayor of Rushden Kaye Rawlins cuts the ribbon  Saturday September 12 2015 NNL-151209-221135009
New pavillion: Rushden: new pavillion in Jubilee Park officially opened by family of the man in who it is named after. The Osborne family present at the opening of the Jim Osborne Pavilion. Mayor of Rushden Kaye Rawlins cuts the ribbon Saturday September 12 2015 NNL-151209-221135009

New changing rooms named after popular Rushden toy shop owner Jim Osborne were officially opened on Saturday.

The £120,000 project at Jubilee Park in Rushden was funded by Sport England, East Northamptonshire Council and Rushden Town Council and will see more football and rugby games hosted in the town.

Jim Osborne ran the sports shop from 1955 until he died earlier this summer, with his family unveiling a memorial plaque at the opening.

Town mayor Kaye Rawlins was one of his neighbours when she first moved to Rushden in the 1950s.

In a speech marking the official opening of the Jim Osborne Pavilion, she said: “I am pleased to name this building after a man who has given much to the town over the years.

“He was always friendly, never too busy to chat and always gave good advice.

“Jubilee Park on a Saturday morning is full of youngsters training and learning about the game of football and so it is apt that this building is named after a man who loved the game.”

The milestone for the new changing rooms was marked with a football match between Sport England under-16s and a team of builders who helped to construct the pavilion.

Town clerk Vivienne Prodger added: “The new pavilion will provide excellent changing facilities and allow us to host league football matches as they now comply with Sport England guidelines.”