ONE of Tamworth's most historic charity sports events is set to make a grand return on Sunday.
More than 70 people are expected to compete during the Tamworth Legacy Diggers Cup charity bowls day.
The trophy was recently found at a garbage dump, allowing organisers to host the event for the first time in more than 40 years.
Tamworth Legacy president Greg Roese said he was pleased with the interest the event had garnered.
"We will have a good mix of regular bowlers, oldies, school-aged kids and first-timers," Roese said.
"It will very much be a charity-orientated day, so there won't be too much emphasis on the competitive aspect of things.
"Honestly, we are just really glad to see such a historic trophy returned to its former glory and we're hopeful we can raise some funds for a good cause."
Roese said Legacy would use Sunday's event as a platform to spread its message of support of returned servicemen and women.
"I think it's a great chance to share what we as an organisation do, especially if there are some younger kids there," he said.
"Legacy does a lot of work with primary schools, and for us this is a great chance to continue to share the good word."
Conceived in 1950, the Diggers Cup acted as one of Tamworth Legacy's major annual fundraisers.
"After WWII, a lot of our returned servicemen and women were keen bowlers," Roese said.
"The day was born out of that passion for bowling and looking to support our returned servicemen and women, something we still look to do today.
"It started in 1950 and quickly became a major event on the local bowls calendar until 1977."
Every winning team has their name engraved on the prestigious trophy, including one of Tamworth City Bowling Club's longest-active members.
"There are some notable local identities in the winning teams and one of interest is Nevell McDonald," Roese said.
"Nev was part of the 1971 team and still bowls regularly today.
"It's really special to have someone like Nev around to help get it going again.
'With any luck, Nev might even be joining us on the day for a bowl."
Sunday's festivities will begin at 9.30am.