Lowestoft Town to have promotion party parade
06:30 16 May 2014
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A rallying call has gone out urging the people of Lowestoft to turn out in large numbers to cheer on the Trawlerboys’ promotion success at a special celebratory parade.
Lowestoft Town will be given an open top bus parade in honour of their first ever promotion to Conference league football earlier this month.
On Sunday, June 15, a bus will carry jubilant players, management and back room staff from their Crown Meadow ground in Love Road from 11am to the Marina Theatre in the town centre.
Once at the Marina Theatre, the team will be given a celebratory reception and step out onto a balcony to thank their loyal supporters for helping them secure the play-off final victory over AFC Hornchurch and cheering the side on throughout the whole season.
Organisers hope there will be a repeat of the scenes from May 2008, when more than 1,000 fans took to the streets waving flags and scarves in a parade to mark the club’s appearance in the FA Vase final at Wembley.
Yesterday, Bob Blizzard, patron of Lowestoft Town and a club director, issued a rallying cry to fans to turn out in force to cheer on the newly promoted side.
Mr Blizzard said: “Getting promoted is the best thing that has happened to the town of Lowestoft for many years.
“So I hope everybody will turn out for the lads and give them a big cheer – they thoroughly deserve it.
“Hopefully more people will also catch the Trawlerboys bug and support them next season.”
The parade has been organised after discussions between the Trawlerboys and Waveney District Council, with the club choosing the time and date for the parade.
Colin Law, leader of Waveney, said: “This is a fitting way to recognise the club’s achievements and to show them how much it means to the supporters and people of Lowestoft.
“Their success has created a real pride in the town and we are looking forward to a fun occasion.”
A spokesman for the Marina Theatre said: “Like many in the area, everyone at the Marina is extremely proud of the players, management and support staff at Lowestoft Town.”
The open top bus has been laid on by the Eastern Daily Press and the The Lowestoft Journal.