The long, long wait is over – the Lorne St stand is fully seated

Port Vale FC have announced the long-awaited news that the Lorne Street stand is now fully seated.

It has taken 22 years since building work started on the stand but the Vale Park stadium will finally look complete.

A club statement said:

Vale Park is set to look ‘complete’ following the installation of seats in the Lorne Street Stand.

The stand was built twenty years ago, but has stood empty ever since – until now. Less than a year into the Shanahan’s ownership, 1500 seats have finally been added.

The new seats are now in place and will therefore be on show when Port Vale return to Vale Park once football in the UK resumes.

Two workmen carefully following current social distancing guidelines set out by the Government have overseen the installation.

Originally, the seats were to be installed for Robbie Williams’ charity concert at Vale Park on the 20th June.

However, the postponement of that concert until summer 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak has not affected instalment plans.

The seats will not be used immediately, as a concourse is required for that section of the stadium, which the Port Vale supporters club have begun to raise money for via their Gofundme page.

The Lorne Street through the years

The old players tunnel at Vale Park stadium, 1950

Terraces on the Lorne Street, Vale Park stadium

Construction of the Lorne Street stand, Vale Park stadium

Construction of the Lorne Street stand, Vale Park stadium

The Lorne Street crowd

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