Make a date as Lynnsport in King’s Lynn celebrates 25th anniversary year

The Queen opens Lynnsport, in 1991. Picture: Archant library

The Queen opens Lynnsport, in 1991. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

A popular leisure centre is throwing a party to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.

When Lynnsport in King's Lynn opened in the summer of 1991, it was hailed the the region's biggest sporting complex.

Set in more than 70 acres of land the centre, off Greenpark Avenue and cost £7m.

Now Alive Leisure, the charitable trust which runs the centre along with the town's Corn Exchange, is holding a special day of family fun and celebration on Sunday, July 16 (2 - 7pm).

Kathryn Blithray from Alive Leisure said: 'It's a free event, we will have free demos throughout the day from our clubs and they will be about to talk to the public for information on everything we offer at Alive Leisure.


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'Creative Arts East will be there with some circus performers, bouncy castles and face painting, and KLFM967 are hoping to get a good act to finish the evening. We will also be offering a bar and BBQ.

'There will be a flatbed truck on the field of the running track and the whole event will be outside and in the sports barn in case it rains everyone can run in there and still watch the stage.' Councillors hoped the new facility, which was officially opened by the Queen would help put West Norfolk on the sporting map.

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Previously, facilities in the area were considered behind the times compared to nearby towns and cities.

Today the facility boasts six and eight lane floodlit running tracks and indoor and outdoor Astro-turf and synthetic five-a-side and football pitches.

There are also indoor courts for racquet sports, along with gyms, the recently re-opened Kaset indoor skatepark and music club, and a disabled fishing lake stocked with carp.

Archery, dodgeball and nerf tag are among the activities on offer, alongside more bread and butter sports like martial arts, football, cricket and tennis.

There are also conference facilities and a bar, which are both likely to be in use around the clock on Thursday, when Lynnsport hosts the general election counts for the North West Norfolk and South West Norfolk constituencies, as the nation goes to the polls.

There is also a miniature 7ins guage railway in the grounds of the cente, which is currently being reconfigured into a new layout by a model engineering club.

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