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Speedway at King’s Lynn first ran 1952 at Saddlebow Road in aid of Lynmouth floods

Just as the Queen is looking forward to her forthcoming Platinum Jubilee royal events, King’s Lynn speedway supporters can also reflect on the year 1952 being a milestone for the sport in the town.

Yes, it was 70 years ago, on Sunday, September 7, that the roar of speedway bikes was first heard at the Lynn Sports Stadium – as it was then known – in Saddlebow Road.

As the Lynn News and Advertiser reported, a crowd of more than 3,000 enjoyed “all the thrills and spills of speedway” at the meeting which was organised in aid of the Lynmouth Flood Disaster. [In August 1952, following heavy rainfall, the River Lyn burst its banks leading to more than 100 buildings being destroyed and a final death toll reaching 34 at the north Devon coastal resort].

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