Four friends from Thurston and Rattlesden became star attractions for the photographers on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Friday.
Thurston trio Ed Fry, Richard Mutimer and Greg White, all 23, and Rattlesden’s Cameron Angus,22, made it into two national newspapers and on another’s website with their T-shirts spelling out Andy Murray’s name, coupled with tennis headbands.
On a day when Britain’s number ones Laura Robson and Murray both recorded victories on Centre Court in their second and third-round encounters, the group’s fancy dress encapsulated the patriotic atmosphere under the roof.
The group, who used to play tennis together around Bury St Edmunds, managed to get coveted seats after pitching up a tent in SW19 overnight on Thursday before becoming one of the lucky first 500 in the queue on Friday morning.
Mutimer, 23, who is now based in London but went to Thurston Primary School along with Fry, said: “It was a privilege to be on Centre Court and with two number one tennis players on the same day was fantastic.
“It was a great atmosphere as well and was more intimate than I imagined.
“The photographers kept asking us to get closer together and even the other fans wanted pictures – It was quite a debut for myself.”
The group of friends enjoyed the experience at Wimbledon so much they are planning to try a trip to one of the other Grand Slams, potentially the Australian Open.
They hope to be visiting Thurston resident White, who is now looking to play semi-professional rugby out in Australia after finishing university, having been playing for Cambridge.