Photo Gallery: Crowds celebrate at the Trawlerboys’ promotion parade
PUBLISHED: 11:37 16 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 16 June 2014
A “special day” for the whole club – that was the view of officials at Lowestoft Town FC after about 200 people turned out to back the Blues at a celebratory promotion parade.
Fans’ tributes to LTFC
After saluting their heroes, and ‘We love you Lowestoft’ had echoed out around the town centre, some of the Trawlerboys honoured the club’s achievements.
• Eddie Brown, from Lowestoft, “It has been a brilliant season and the club deserves this.”
• 12-year-old Sarah Tink, from Gorleston, has recently started watching Lowestoft, and she was delighted to be part of the celebrations. She said: “I was pleased to see the players and it was the best thing ever when they were promoted.”
• Alan Fuke, from Oulton Broad, was equally thrilled. “It has been a nice turn-out today and the club deserves all the plaudits after such a great season,” he said.
• For Richard May, from Lowestoft, the parade capped a memorable campaign. “To have about 200 people here is a great turn-out,” he said. “I have not missed a home game (at Crown Meadow) in 14 years and I’m absolutely overwhelmed with the team spirit and support of this club. The atmosphere has been brilliant.”
• Andrew Hillier, has followed Lowestoft since 2008. He said: “I am absolutely buzzing. It has been a great day and a fitting tribute to Micky Chapman and the team for what they have achieved.”
The historic achievements of Lowestoft Town were marked in style yesterday as “We love you Lowestoft” echoed out around the town centre.
And those cries could not have been more fitting, as jubilant fans of the Trawlerboys turned out to applaud, cheer and salute their team for their efforts in reaching Conference League football for the first time.
A special promotion parade through Lowestoft town centre saw the club’s successful season honoured by supporters, Waveney District Council, the Marina Theatre, the Eastern Daily Press and its sister paper The Journal.
About 40 players, management and directors took a “well deserved salute from the people of Lowestoft”, according to club patron Bob Blizzard, during an open-top bus parade.
After leaving the club’s headquarters at Crown Meadow, those aboard the bus waved to the fans – some who had gathered at the club’s Crown Meadow ground – and saluted their support with gifts to the crowds as the bus made its way through the town.
There was loud applause amid the cries of “we are going up” and “oh when the Blues go marching in,” which reverberated around the town’s main shopping area, as the bus arrived at Lowestoft town centre.
And then, as the players, management and directors got off the bus and walked to the Marina Theatre there were scenes of jubilation as the trophies were held aloft and carried by chairman Gary Keyzor to cheers, applause and more chants.
They were greeted at the theatre by the new Mayor of Lowestoft, Roger Bellham, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Waveney District Council leader Colin Law, before the Blues stepped out onto the theatre balcony.
Prior to the main introductions on the theatre balcony, Chris Henderson led a quick chorus of “We are going up” to rapturous applause from the jubilant Trawlerboys, which continued as the players made their way to the balcony.
After speeches, a civic reception was then held inside the theatre – provided by the Marina Theatre and Waveney District Council – as the promotion parade was hailed a success.