Tom May is the new face of Eden Park
Jun 23 2009 by Francesca Craggs, The Journal
Former Newcastle Falcons star Tom May is the new face of Jesmond boutique, Eden Park. Francesca Craggs chats to him before his move to France
NO clothing brand could be more apt for a rugby player to represent than Eden Park. Launched in 1987 by five former French international rugby players, the brand has its roots firmly in the game.
Toulon-bound Tom May has been chosen as the new face of Eden Park and will represent the brand in the North East during his testimonial year.
Eden Park, on St George’s Terrace, was brought to the region two years ago by former professional rugby player David Whitehead. The franchise is very much a family affair, being jointly run and owned by David’s wife Kate, his sister Joanne Young and their mum Jan Carty. Newcastle Falcons back-rower Ross Beattie is also a director of the business.
The four main collections, EP, Team, Club House and Town, include everything from smart casual wear and suiting to classic rugby shirts and swimwear. The shop also stocks a womenswear range.
Tom, who heads off to his new club in the south of France next week, is excited to be representing the brand. He said: “To be associated with Eden Park is fantastic. It’s a really big brand and it’s great that it’s now available here in the North East. It was launched with the rugby fraternity in mind, but now appeals to a wide range of people. I like the fact the designs are smart yet casual, and especially like the polo shirts and the more formal dress shirts. I first came across the clothing when I played for Richmond and have been wearing it ever since.”
Joanne said: “The brand is really popular with all sorts of local sports personalities, from rugby players and footballers, to the Newcastle Eagles basketball team.