A Great Yarmouth football ground will receive a special reopening ceremony following months of upgrades.

A new floodlit 9 v 9 3G artificial grass football pitch has been constructed at the Wellesley Recreation Ground.

Renovations have also been carried out at the Grade II-listed tennis pavilion building, bringing the building back into use by providing changing and meeting facilities to support the new pitch.

The ground will host a reopening ceremony on Saturday, June 17, from 9.30am. The event will also feature exhibition matches with teams from Great Yarmouth Town FC - including girls, youths and under-18s - and will offer the opportunity for people to explore and experience the new facilities.

Great Yarmouth borough mayor Penny Carpenter will officially open the ground with a speech and ribbon cutting at 10.30am, and the event is expected to draw to a close at about 11am.

A combined £972,078 has been invested in the ground.

Grants and funding have been supplied by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Premier League, the Football Association and the government's Football Foundation to improve facilities at the Wellesley.

Emma Flaxman-Taylor, the borough council's portfolio holder for housing, health and communities, said: “The Wellesley Recreation Ground represents a significant investment in the overall wellbeing and quality of life for the borough’s residents, as well as providing a wide range of recreational opportunities and promoting an active lifestyle for all.

“The reopening of the Wellesley Recreation Ground is a testament to the collaborative spirit and commitment of the local community and the stakeholders involved.

"We are encouraging people to come along to the opening event to see what can be achieved when collective efforts come together to enhance public spaces and enrich the lives of residents.”

The ground contains what is thought to be the oldest wooden football grandstand in Britain.