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Former North Queensland Toyota Cowboys skipper Travis Norton, current player James Tamou and club and Queensland State of Origin great Brent Tate were among the special guests at a 20-year anniversary function held in Mackay.

The Cowboys trio all took to the stage to address the gathered crowd at the well-attended function, which was held to acknowledge and give thanks for the contribution to the Cowboys of the Mackay community over the past two decades.

Tamou recounted the pain of losing the 2015 Origin series as a Blues player, while Norton – the captain in the club’s 2005 grand final appearance – and Tate spoke about life after rugby league.

Those in attendance included Mackay business and community leaders and Cowboys members and supporters. Also in attendance was Cowboys CEO Greg Tonner while the club’s General Manager- Football Peter Parr acted as MC/presenter.

The Cowboys are will hold a similar function in Cairns this Friday, following a three-day tour through towns and cities in the region.