A picture framer’s work will be shown to thousands of rugby union fans during an exhibition on the history of the game.
Paul Mills, of Paul Mills Picture Framing in Scotgate, Stamford, has been asked to frame five shirts by kit maker Canterbury.
They will be shown at an exhibition at Twickenham, in London, during the England v Ireland RBS 6 Nations match tomorrow (Saturday).
On display will be a current England shirt, signed by the full senior squad, a red alternative replica shirt from an 1893 roses match, a New Zealand shirt worn between 1986 and 1992, a 1994 Australia shirt and a 2004 South Africa jersey.
Paul was delighted when he got the call from Canterbury. He said: “It’s going to be so big for us. This is a test order that’s going to be seen by 100,000 people at Twickenham.”
Paul got the job because of a framed Leicester Tigers shirt he produced for a customer. The mount, pictured left, is cut into a particular shape by a £16,000 machine.
The equipment is so accurate it can be used for the smallest shapes. Paul has also been asked to mount two sets of buttons, metal and rubber, for the exhibition.
Paul is glad he invested in the machine and hopes the exhibition will bring more custom his way.
He said: “If we are good enough for England that’s a great endorsement.
“We work to extremely high standards.”
The shirts are mounted in a way that makes them easy to remove from the frame, no matter how long they have been on display. The mount is made from special non-acidic cardboard, which ensures the shirts will not deteriorate and are fine to wear years down the line.
England v Ireland kicks off at 4pm.