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Let's decorate our town blue and white

PUBLISHED: 12:59 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:24 05 July 2010

IT was a great day out for Lowestoft … a fabulous occasion that no one will ever forget.

And despite the Trawler Boys sinking to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Lancashire-based Kirkham & Wesham in the FA Vase Final a chance of a lifetime capital trip, which had started out as a dream in November, became reality.

IT was a great day out for Lowestoft … a fabulous occasion that no one will ever forget.

And despite the Trawler Boys sinking to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Lancashire-based Kirkham & Wesham in the FA Vase Final a chance of a lifetime capital trip, which had started out as a dream in November, became reality.

More than 15,000 fervent fans - young and old - backed The Blues at Wembley, with the A12 and A11 being turned into a sea of blue and white as people travelled to London.

The memorable trip proved to be packed full of excitement, emotion, passion and pride - but ultimately it gave football followers from the town and across Norfolk and Suffolk the chance to unite in their support of Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher's men.

Where else would you get Norwich season-ticket holders chanting for The Blues … and how proud did you feel to hear the cries of “Lowestoft” continuously echo around one of the greatest stadiums in the world?

With the Kirkham fans outnumbered and out sung, the Lowestoft players and management were gracious in defeat despite the late bodyblow of conceding two goals in the final six minutes, which shattered their Vase hopes.

So today The Journal is calling on the people of Lowestoft - and all the 15,000 plus fans that turned out at Wembley Stadium - to line the streets on Sunday and clap the squad who reached the pinnacle of a non-league national final as they parade around Lowestoft.

It is being organised by Waveney District Council and starts at 10.45am with the players, coaching staff and officials setting off from Crown Meadow by open top bus. The team will then travel by police escort along Rotterdam Road and Denmark Road to arrive at Bevan Street for 11am.

Here they will be joined by the Kirkley High School girls football team, who recently won the Girl's Under 16 National Schools Football Championship, and march through the town, led by the 469 (Lowestoft) Squadron Air Training Corps. Parade stops at the Britten Centre where the team will address the crowds. It then carries on through the town to Milton Road East where the team will head to the Town Hall for noon.

Since last Sunday's historic encounter, The Journal has been inundated with dozens of pictures from readers, whose treasured memories from their trip to the home of football are showcased in this week's Journal and on a special gallery link on our website www.lowestoftjournal24.co.uk

And there is still time for you to send in your best selection of pictures as we highlight the day Lowestoft FC took the town to Wembley.

Simply send in your pictures via e-mail to The Journal's editor russell.cook@archant.co.uk

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