Durham launched the new county cricket season on a day that turned out to be cold, wet and snowy. The media photocall was moved under cover to dodge the weather - but there was no covering up the club's ambitions for the months ahead.
2007 through to 2009 were the trophy years for Durham, but they were close to everything last summer, and they look in with a shout in all formats this year.
The former England player Steve Harmison is still recovering from injury and accepts his international days are behind him. But he has high hopes for his county club.
Harmison's old partner-in-crime Paul Collingwood will also be a fixture at the Emirates ICG this summer. The England 20-20 World Cup winning captain said he knows it will "take pretty much a miracle" to get back into the international side, but is not closing any doors.
Meanwhile Graham Onions also said he will live for Durham this summer, but dream of an England recall.
And then there is Ben Stokes, from Cumbria, who has a reputation for big-hitting. He made his England one day debut last summer and wants more.