Maiden King’s Lynn Stars meeting was 50 years ago

More Memories of Lynn''Action from the first meeting. The rider on the left of the picture has the race jacket of the Norwich Stars (a yellow star on a green background)'Speedway arrived in Lynn on 23rd May 1965 when around 5500 spectators witnessed the inaugural open meeting. It came to Lynn because the stadium at Norwich (The Firs) was sold off for development. Sixteen riders competed, with  Terry Betts unbeaten to win The Lynn  Trophy.'The first team (South Lynn Stars) fixture took place on 20th June 1965 ENGANL00120130828123241
More Memories of Lynn''Action from the first meeting. The rider on the left of the picture has the race jacket of the Norwich Stars (a yellow star on a green background)'Speedway arrived in Lynn on 23rd May 1965 when around 5500 spectators witnessed the inaugural open meeting. It came to Lynn because the stadium at Norwich (The Firs) was sold off for development. Sixteen riders competed, with Terry Betts unbeaten to win The Lynn Trophy.'The first team (South Lynn Stars) fixture took place on 20th June 1965 ENGANL00120130828123241
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Terry Betts won at Lynn Speedway at the weekend.

No, not a comeback from the septuagenarian, but rather a flashback to the first-ever King’s Lynn Stars meeting which took place exactly 50 years ago on Saturday.

Terry Betts, winner of the inaugural meeting at King's Lynn ANL-150521-131124001

Terry Betts, winner of the inaugural meeting at King's Lynn ANL-150521-131124001

Lynn legend Betts, who spent the years 1965 to 1978 at Saddlebow Road, became the first holder of the Lynn Trophy as reported in the then-Lynn News & Advertiser of Tuesday, May 25, 1965.

The maiden Lynn Stars meeting took place on Sunday, May 23, 1965 and attracted 5,500 people which caused traffic jams at the southern end of the town.

Promoter Cyril Crane, who due to a temporary shortage of water could not get the track wet enough, estimated that two-thirds of the bumper crowd were from Lynn and district who had never watched the sport before.

The Lynn News commented on Betts: “He now hopes to be a regular visitor to the Lynn track.”

While he was at Lynn Betts reached the final of the Speedway World Championship in 1974.

Betts also became World Pairs Champion with Ray Wilson in 1972 and was a member of the Great Britain team that won the World Team Cup in 1972 and 1973.

The paper reported that Betts soon felt at home in his first meeting since riding at Norwich two years previously as he didn’t lose a single heat.

In second place, one point behind Betts, was 18-year-old David Crane of Norwich. Crane was the younger brother of Lynn promoter Cyril.

The report noted that on the straights maximum speeds of about 70mph were reached.

The article concluded: “Will the speedway, as Mr Crane hopes, catch on in Lynn? This is a question that can only be answered by time.”