1st Thursdays inaugural event huge success.

Question: How many food trucks do you need to pull off an epic evening of late-night shopping around town?


You can never have too many food trucks!

Granted, your stomach might disagree with you on that one, but we’re convinced the answer is, “the more, the merrier.”

The parade of food trucks was one of the goals at the inaugural Love Rugby Town’s 1st Thursday event on March 5. Food trucks spanning culinary options like waffles, toasties, nachos, wings and even vegan options were on hand to replenish the fuel reserves of the crowds taking advantage of the late-night shopping the Love Rugby Town committee worked so hard to make a reality.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 local residents shopped, dined and perused the town centre bringing in thousands of pounds of takings for the retailers in about 3 hours. Organisers deemed the inaugural event a huge success.

“We pulled it off, after months and months of planning and logistics,” said Malcolm Freeman, owner of Oxygen Graphics and 1st Thursdays committee member. “The event was great and we’re looking forward to several more successful 1st Thursdays, especially as the weather turns warmer.”

The event not only received the collective nod of approval from the community but also caught the eye of the House of Commons with a commendation from William Hague. The event also received accolades from Mark Pawsey, Member of Parliament for Rugby, who was on hand during the kick off event and called




Oxygen Graphics Sponsors First UK International Segway Polo Tournament

The Venue: Rugby town centre.

The Participants: 50 brave local souls.

The Sport: Polo

And not a horse in sight. 

No, the entire town wasn’t hallucinating or playing an elaborate game of make believe; rather they were trying their hand at Segway Polo – an old sport with a new twist. The Segway polo demonstration, which took place as part of Love Rugby Town 1st Thursdays initiative, was held to promote the International Segway Polo Tournament being held at Rugby College on April 19.

Oxygen Graphics is a proud sponsor of the 2015 International Segway Polo Tournament. The Rugby-based design team provided the logo, banners, invitations, posters and other promotional material.

“We wanted to sponsor this event because of the message the sport conveys,” said Malcolm Freeman, Oxygen Graphics owner. “It’s a fun and interesting all-inclusive event. It’s a sport of equals. It’s open to everyone – young, old – all abilities. That was important to us.”

Other local sponsors include Brownsover Hall Hotel, acting as the main hotel sponsor of the event, Rugby FM, official media partner and the Rugby Round Table, who are providing day-of volunteers.

So far sixteen teams from around the world will compete in the UK’s first international Segway polo tournament, with five of those teams from the UK. Other countries participating include Barbados, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

“The crowd at the March 5 inaugural 1st Thursdays event really enjoyed the Segway polo display,” Malcolm Freeman said. “Based on their interest at the demonstration, I can imagine the turnout at the actual tournament is going to be high.”