Buster’s tribute to King’s Lynn Stars club founder

King's Lynn Stars speedway hold a special meeting against Peterborough Panthers celebrating Keith Buster Chapman's 20th Anniversary of ownership at the Norfolk Arena. ENGANL00220120208095029
King's Lynn Stars speedway hold a special meeting against Peterborough Panthers celebrating Keith Buster Chapman's 20th Anniversary of ownership at the Norfolk Arena. ENGANL00220120208095029
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Stars chief Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman praised Violet Littlechild, former co-promoter and owner of King’s Lynn Speedway, who recently passed away.

Violet and her husband Maurice Littlechild set up speedway in West Norfolk with Cyril Crane in 1965 after inheriting the mantle from the old Norwich team.

Lynn celebrated their 50th birthday this year and they would not have been in this position without the Littlechilds’ contribution.

Club owner Chapman, who himself has been involved with the Adrian Flux Arena outfit for 23 years, is married to Violet’s granddaughter Cheryl.

He said: “It was a very sad day to hear about Violet. Them and Cyril Crane took it from a greyhound track into a speedway track.

“It’s nice that they will always be remembered and nice to think Violet and Maurice started it. They put a lot into it.”

Chapman’s first meeting as Lynn promoter after taking over from then-promoter Bill Barker was on August 2, 1992 in a 48-42 loss at Eastbourne.

He says the measures so far announced at the sport’s annual meeting are positive steps.

The AGM concludes on Tuesday, after which Lynn will be eager to name their team for 2016 as soon as possible.

Elite League clubs like Lynn will continue to track two draft riders – starting the season at reserve – but they will be given averages after four meetings which gives them the chance to move into the top five.

Heat-leader standard riders have been graded into a list with maximum of three per club; and rider replacement will apply for absentees fourth or fifth in the averages to reduce the number of guests.