PUBLISHED: 16:59 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010
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JUBILANT cricket fans across the borough are celebrating after watching England regain the Ashes with victory over Australia. England were reunited with the famous terracotta urn on Sunday after beating our fiercest rivals at the Oval in south London, to
JUBILANT cricket fans across the borough are celebrating after watching England regain the Ashes with victory over Australia.
England were reunited with the famous terracotta urn on Sunday after beating our fiercest rivals at the Oval in south London, to win the Ashes series 2-1.
Inspired by England hero Freddie Flintoff, playing his last Test match for his country, fans across Gravesham watched the drama unfold after England bowled out Australia in dramatic fashion.
Staff at Cobham Hall, once the former home of the Ashes, celebrated the victory nearly two years after England lost the Ashes to Australia in a 5-0 whitewash.
We revealed last month that the urn was presented to the captain of England, Ivo Bligh, the eighth Earl of Darnley who lived at Cobham Hall, following the defeat to the old enemy in 1883.
Diana Usher, at the international girls school, said: "We were all jumping up and down with delight. It was absolutely fantastic.
"To win the Ashes back is just brilliant. They are always thrilling, but for all of us at Cobham Hall we are particularly interested in them because of the history with the hall.
"We feel a personal connection to the Ashes, and when England do win them, which isn't really that often in the past few years we are all celebrating!"
Bligh, captain of Cobham Cricket Club, brought the urn back to his home at Cobham Hall where it remained until 1926. A replica of the urn stands next to the mantelpiece where the original was kept for so long.
Ms Usher added: "When the Ashes are played in England, we have a party of players and supporters from Melbourne Cricket Club visit Cobham Hall, where they enjoy a special tour of the building and see the collection of Ashes memorabilia and the mantelpiece where the Ashes stood for more than 30 years."
Sally Ferrers, a registrar at Cobham School said: "Its amazing the number of people who visit the school that don't know about our links with the Ashes. It makes us very proud to have this historical link and we get a lot of interest when Australia come to England to play cricket.
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