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THE main street of Proser­pine will be awash with ma­roon when Queens­land’s rugby league greats come to town next week.

The mighty Ma­roons, one of the most dom­i­nant teams in Ori­gin history, have cho­sen Proser­pine for their an­nual fan day – a day when they come to a re­gional town and “spread the love” for the com­mu­nity and par­tic­u­larly its young peo­ple.

Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Ju­nior Rugby League pres­i­dent Kevin Young said this once-ina-life­time visit had been made pos­si­ble by the Queens­land Rugby League (QRL), who de­ter­mined each year which com­mu­nity the Ma­roons would visit. His wife Laney Scott-Young elab­o­rated on this, say­ing Proser­pine had been recog­nised as a re­gional com­mu­nity that had been “do­ing it tough”.

Next Tues­day’s visit is likely to be a boost to both the town’s morale and its busi­nesses, with visi­tors com­ing from far and wide for the day.

League fans young and old have a lot to look for­ward to with star play­ers such as Johnathan Thurston and Greg Inglis set to min­gle with the public on a march down the Main Street from 10.45–11.45am and at a lun­cheon hosted by the en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre from 11.30am. Young­sters as­pir­ing to be like their idols can also take part in a drills and skills de­vel­op­ment clinic at the Les Stagg Oval un­til 2.45pm.

The Ma­roons will be on hand to sign au­to­graphs and Mr Young said he hoped the com­mu­nity would stay long af­ter the play­ers had gone to en­joy the en­ter­tain­ment and help raise much needed funds for the re­gion’s ju­nior and se­nior clubs.

Photo Matthew New­ton

MA­ROON POWER: Whit­sun­day Bak­ery's Sheena Hin­schen is look­ing for­ward to the Ma­roons' visit next Tues­day.

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