Duo enjoy historical visit to Buckingham Palace

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Bury St Edmunds’ duo Rob Wiseman and Darren Brown were treated to a special visit to Buckingham Palace as reward for their volunteering efforts.

The pair were among 150 volunteers who attended the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations at the Palace on Monday.

The Duke of Cambridge presented each of the volunteers with a commemorative medal in recognition of their outstanding contribution and service to football.

Sixteen-year-old Wiseman (pictured left) has made an exceptional impact on the Football Futures Programme in Suffolk, showing a real flair for running events, while Brown (pictured right), who is 47, is a young leader co-ordinator at Sporting 87 and has shown a massive commitment to the Football Futures Programme.

The day’s celebrations saw the Buckingham Palace garden host its first-ever football match, featuring two of the oldest amateur clubs in England.

The game was played between Civil Service FC, the sole surviving club from the 11 that met to create The FA in 1863, and Polytechnic FC, which was formed in 1875.