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King's Lynn Town granted 1,600 capacity for final home games in National League

King’s Lynn Town have been given the all clear for fans to attend their final two home games of the National League season.

The Linnets will be allowed 1,600 through the turnstiles for the visit of Solihull Moors on Tuesday, May 25, and Aldershot four days later (May 29) after playing the bulk of the season behind closed doors.

Club officials met with with representatives from the the KLTFC Safety Advisory Group (SAG) yesterday to finalise the return of crowds to The Walks, following the further relaxation of Covid restrictions which comes into effect on Monday.

The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town Football Club.. (42205028)
The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town Football Club.. (42205028)

General manager Mark Hearle said: “It has been a long time coming. Everyone knows the situation and how it’s been. It has been a desperately, sad situation for everyone.

“I know we had supporters in the ground for the Torquay United game back in December but it will be nice to finally see them back again.

“There was a lot of stigma about people returning back then with talk of another wave around the corner and I completely understand that.

“Now that we’re at the back end of May things are starting to look a lot better so the club are delighted to be in a position to welcome fans back.

Prior to the implementation of tougher lockdown measures, the only game this season which has seen supporters through the turnstiles at The Walks came when Lynn hosted league leaders Torquay United.

Since then, and in consultation with both SAG and the police, the club has carried out extra work such as install extra crush barriers and raise terracing in certain areas of the ground to make it as safe as possible for everyone.

The one-way systems and two-metre gaps on the terracing will remain in place for Lynn’s final two home fixtures while all supporters will be required to wear facemasks and undergo temperature checks as they enter the stadium.

“A crowd of 1600 is a great capacity for us to be given and SAG have been superb.

“We’ve had a lot of advice and backing from them and that’s helped get the show back on the road.

“They saw how we dealt with the Torquay game where there were one or two teething problems but these have now been rectified.

“It has been a very strange season. We will be keen to draw a real thick line under it once it has ended and move onto next season.

“This news is like a couple of ton being lifted from our shoulders and now supporters can start to ease themselves back into a normal situation, which I’m all for.”

In preparation for the return of supporters at the end of this month, the club is holding working parties at the stadium on the next two Saturdays to give The Walks a spring clean.

If you have a few hours and would like to help, phone 01553 760060 or e-mail mark@kltown.co.uk

The prices have been set as follows:

Adults: Ground £20

Adults seating: Hospital End Wing and Tennyson Road End Wing £22, Premier Seating £25.

Concession: Ground £18.

Concession seating: Hospital End Wing and Tennyson Road End Wing £20, Premier Seating £25.

Under-16s : Ground £5.

Under-16s seating: Hospital End Wing and Tennyson Road End Wing £9, Premier Seating £10.

The online sale of tickets for both games will begin this evening at 6pm for members and season ticket holders only, with both groups being able to purchase an additional four tickets per person.

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