Dream speedway GP date for Lynn trio

King's Lynn Stars v Poole Pirates speedway. ANL-150207-061035009
King's Lynn Stars v Poole Pirates speedway. ANL-150207-061035009
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A King’s Lynn Stars one-two-three at the FIM British Speedway Grand Prix tomorrow?

Well, not unless meeting reserve Robert Lambert gets an unexpected call-up and joins clubmates Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre on the podium at Cardiff.

However for three members behind the scenes at the Adrian Flux Arena this dream is a reality, as they are all going to the Millennium Stadium at the weekend in an official capacity.

Paul Freeston and Graham Watkinson will reprise their roles as starting marshalls; while Kevin Moore, who currently is incident recorder at Lynn, takes on the task of timekeeper.

Dealing with some of the best riders in the world and a bumper crowd – 40,000 attended last year – at a state of the art venue is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Freeston first watched speedway when he went to see the Boston Barracudas in 1979.

The club folded in 1987 and in the late 1990s he arrived at Lynn, becoming a start marshall.

The news that the 51-year-old had made it to the Millennium Stadium came as a festive bonus, as he explained: “The card came the Tuesday before Christmas and I was making mince pies.

“The wife opened the card and gave an almighty cheer and a few tears.

“She said ‘you’re going to Cardiff’ .

“I was quiet. She said ‘aren’t you happy?’, I said ‘I’m trying to get my pastry right’.”

The news was a tonic for Snettisham resident Moore (55), who is also a long-standing shale sports fan and received notification via a Christmas card when he was in hospital for a perforated appendix.

He said: “I got the opportunity through (top referee) Tony Steele who I’ve known for a number of years and basically he looked upon the service in the past that I’ve put in.

“He approached me last year to see if I’d be interested, which of course I would be, as it’s the opportunity of a speedway lifetime.”

Moore, who does some sponsorship for Lynn’s Lewis Kerr who lives in Heacham, as well as ex-Star Simon Lambert and the unattached rider Luke Bowen, is proud that the club is so well represented.

He added: “Really, it’s a coup for King’s Lynn and that’s important to me as well because that’s my home team. Yes, it’s brilliant.

“I was team manager of the forerunner of the King’s Lynn Young Stars in the Anglian Junior League, and in 1981 we won the league, which was pretty strong that year.

“It was something I look back on as a great memory.”