Borough Mayor and Mayoress David and Linda Whitby with The Davis Cup. Picture: Tony Jones.

The Davis Cup, the tennis equivalent of the football World Cup, came to King’s Lynn this week as part of a national tour. The men’s international team competition was won by Great Britain for the first time in 79 years when they defeated Belgium 3-1 last year. 

To celebrate the win and inspire a new generation of players, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) decided to parade the cup, arriving at Lynnsport on Tuesday.

The event gave visitors the opportunity to see the trophy first-hand and be photographed alongside it.

Mini tennis sessions were also on offer at the sports centre’s new £200,00 blue courts, jointly-funded by West Norfolk Council and the LTA.

Among those attending were West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby and children and staff from St Martha’s Primary School in Gaywood.

Jodie McGill, tennis development manager for Alive Leisure, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this very special Davis Cup Trophy Tour.

“To allow the local community to share the successes of the GB team has already driven an increased passion and enthusiasm for tennis in the area.”

The trophy has been paraded around the country since April 1, starting in Glasgow. It has been to more than 100 venues so far and after its Lynnsport visit will be at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the next round of Davis Cup action.

From today, Team GB will play Argentina in this year’s semi-final and the four person team contains current Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray.