A town council has congratulated a sporting team for their 'best ever season' with a civic reception.
Members of Leek Rugby Club were invited to the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, by Leek Town Mayor John Fisher and his wife Pat for the special event.
A buffet was laid on for around 90 guests and the evening saw councillor Fisher present Leek Rugby Club with a Leek Town Crest.
The gesture was returned by president of the sporting team, Gareth Jones, who presented the town council with a photograph of the team, and captain of Leek Rugby Club Gary McDermott presented Mrs Fisher with a bouquet of flowers.
The celebration came after the rugby club, which was formed in 1923, had its most successful season this year with the club winning the Midlands Two West (North) Division with a total of 95 points, having won 20 of its 22 fixtures. They also made it to the RFU Intermediate Cup Final at Twickenham, narrowly losing 22-19 to Trowbridge.
Mr Fisher said: "This has been the best year the club has had and I thank Leek Rugby Club for putting Leek on the rugby map.
"You narrowly lost at Twickenham but it is wonderful that the club got to play at the home of English rugby.
"I just want to salute you on your courage, tenacity, stamina and strength."
Mr Jones, who has been involved in Leek Rugby Club for more than 40 years, thanked the town council for hosting the civic reception. He added: "This is fantastic to have the fellowship and support from Leek Town Council.
"What a fantastic season it has been.
"Thanks go to everyone involved, from the lads and all the supporters and to family members, coaches and the washer-uppers."