Love will be in the air this weekend in Twickenham. No, we’re not talking about England v Wales at the stadium on Saturday, we’re talking about the Valentine’s Fayre in Church Street on Sunday from midday until 6pm. There will be plenty of options for Valentine’s gifts on sale meaning there’s no need to rush off to the Shell garage on the day itself for some wilted flowers or a box of Dairy Milk. You have been warned!

Sunday Valentine’s Fayre

Saturday’s England v Wales match kicks off at 16.45 so expect plenty of people and traffic in town.  And there’s more rugby on Sunday 11th as Quins play Wasps at The Stoop.  The only other Six Nations home fixture this year is England v Ireland on 17th March. Hey, isn’t that St Patrick’s Day? Oh blimey! It could get messy in town.

And in other stadium news, if it’s music you’re after then Eminem is at Twickenham Stadium on 14th and 15th July. Tickets sold out in about ten seconds flat but there will be a residents’ ballot next week. You’ll need to set up an account on the RFU site to register for that. Eminem might well have spent a lot of time banging on about 8 Mile Road in Detroit, but we’ve got our very own Sixth Cross Road. And the other ones too.  Take that Slim Shady!  There are likely to be other concerts at the stadium this summer. A calendar preview seen online had “RS” marked against two dates in June leading local Twitterer @twickerman to speculate that The Rolling Stones might be set for a return.  Or maybe Ryuichi Sakamoto is coming to town?  Or maybe it’s all just a load of hot air? And finally, just this week The Telegraph reported that the RFU is considering spending £1m on improved security around the stadium to help prevent a vehicle terror attack. As the Telegraph says, this would involve barriers and “hostile vehicle mitigation”, or bollards to put it bluntly.

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