A RIGHT royal celebration is in store as a cricket club prepares to receive an award for its voluntary work.

Knockin and Kinnerley Cricket Club will be presented with the Queen's Award for voluntary Service on Friday, August 24.

The award was created by the Queen to recognise excellence in activities carried out by groups in the community and considered to be the MBE for volunteer groups.

A club spokesman said: "While the club performs well at junior and senior levels in the Shropshire cricket leagues, it is the work that their volunteers do in the local community that has been recognised by the Queen.

"The club is a major amenity in the area with over 200 playing members, including 140 juniors.

It has 50 volunteers who help coach players, maintain the ground and pavilion and raise funds for equipment and other improvements."

Festivities will start in the marquee at the Nursery Ground, Kinnerley Road, Knockin from 6pm There will be a barbecue, ale bar and band.

Sir Algernon Heber-Percy, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, will present the club with an engraved English crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen.

The presentation is the start of a big August Bank Holiday for Knockin Cricket Club which also sees them host a 6-a-side cricket festival from 11am on Sunday, August 26.

Members of the club have already enjoyed attending the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in June.