Students ready for battle

Last year's Lancaster roses squad
Last year's Lancaster roses squad
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An army of 3,000 students, 40 activities and 120 fixtures are all lined up for the annual battle between Lancaster University and the University of York.

The traditional Roses Tournament, being staged by Lancaster in it’s golden jubilee year, is also celebrating it’s milestone 50th anniversary.

With everything from rugby, netball and football to ballroom dancing, fencing, a bake-off and a ‘university challenge’ event on the timetable, this year’s Lancaster University Students’ Union-organised event, planned for May 2-4, promises to be even bigger and better. The opening ceremony on the Friday heralds the start of the fun-filled weekend.

It will feature performances by student groups followed by the men’s football match, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Tickets for the opening ceremony, which is free, are being snapped up and organisers are advising people to book places as soon as possible.

The university has brought in a special covered stadium for the event to ensure spectators get the best views.

On the Saturday Olympic track cyclist gold medal winner and Lancaster University alumnus Jason Queally will be the guest of honour when he is due to take part in the community-focused ‘Mass Participation Bike Ride’ in aid of the Lancaster Guardian’s St John’s Hospice Appeal.

Lancaster are hoping for a bumper crowd on home ground and a chance to even the overall score, which currently stands at York 25 – 
Lancaster 23 and one draw.