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Norway Royal death sparks football uncertainty. The future of a Norfolk-based football club is in doubt after their lease expired 21 years since the death of a former Norwegian king. Cromer Town Football Club is set to leave their grounds, Cabbell Park, after 90 years because its lease expired due to King Olav V of Norway’s death, the last great grandchild of Queen Victoria. King Olav, known in Norway as the “People’s King” and to many others as gold medallist in sailing during the Amsterdam 1928 Olympics, was born in Appleton House, Norfolk, in 1903 to Haakon VII of Norway and Princess Maud of Wales. 

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Norway Royal death sparks football uncertainty

Published on Thursday, 19th January, 2012 at 14:02 under the news category, by John Price   .

The future of a Norfolk-based football club is in doubt after their lease expired 21 years since the death of a former Norwegian king.

L-R: King Haakon, Crown Prince Olav, Queen Maud
L-R: King Haakon, Crown Prince Olav, Queen Maud
Photo: George Grantham Bain Collection/W. Comm.


Cromer Town Football Club is set to leave their grounds, Cabbell Park, after 90 years because its lease expired due to King Olav V of Norway’s death, the last great grandchild of Queen Victoria.

King Olav, known in Norway as the “People’s King” and to many others as gold medallist in sailing during the Amsterdam 1928 Olympics, was born in Appleton House, Norfolk, in 1903 to Haakon VII of Norway and Princess Maud of Wales. 

Wealthy local Cromer woman Evelyn Bond-Cabbell, who had purchased the site together with the British Royal Family, bequeathed the site in 1922, stating the lease would expire 21 years after the Norwegian King’s passing.

As heir, King Olav V ascended to the Norwegian throne in 1957, where he was king for 33 years. His death on 17th January 1991, now means the deadline has past for Cromer FC, and their future is now uncertain.

The lease has now returned to Cromer Council who are in emergency meetings over the club’s future. The majority suggest a move to the outskirts of the town where youth team facilities can be incorporated, enabling the current ground to be turned into a school, doctor’s surgery and some housing. 

These discussions are in early stages, however. Coun Hayman, a local historian known to the people of Cromer by the author of reference book “Burke’s Peerage” told The Daily Telegraph the decision to move would be regrettable.

“The football club is not happy with the arrangements to move out of town. We will bring a motion to fight to keep the club in Cromer,” he said.

“I believe that land belongs to Cromer, not the district council, and we should assert our right over it to keep Cromer Town football club in Cromer, not move it to another parish at Roughton, which would be detrimental to its long history in the town.”

However, Cromer Council argues that the 7th Earl of Harewood, Lord George Lascelles, was actually the last great-grandson of Queen Victoria, despite being born a few months after the 1922 agreement. The Earl died in July 2011 meaning the football club could last for a further 20 years if a new agreement is signed with current British Royal Family members.

Cromer football club’s Chairman, Paul Jarvis, has said they’ll work with the council towards an agreement. Cromer FC is also currently top of the Anglian Combination Premier League.

“Our barrister's opinion is that we still have another 20-odd years to run on the trust. Another legal opinion is being obtained, which slightly differs on that.”




Published on Thursday, 19th January, 2012 at 14:02 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: norwaykingolav, queenmaud, cromerfootballclub.





  
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