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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
It's good to be back!

IT had been a long time coming but finally after 497 days, a small number of lucky Queen of the South fans were allowed back to watch their team in the flesh last Saturday.

With the sun shining and a buzz in the air, it was a wonderful day for the Palmerston faithful. The last time supporters were allowed into Palmerston Park was on February 29 last year, where Queens were drubbed 4-0 by Greenock Morton.

DELIGHTED . . . Queens daft Alex Bomphray was excited to see his team in action again
THUMBS UP . . . Peter Cook was glad to be back at Palmerston

The club marked the occasion by opening up a small bar at the Queens Arena, with social distancing measures in place. Catch-up, smiles and laughs were shared, and it did feel a sense of normality had finally returned.

Yes, it was just a fraction of the usual crowd you’d expect at a Queen of the South match, but hearing cheers, boos and chants is something football in the country has craved for 18 months.

BACK WHERE WE BELONG . . . Ross and Dana Corbett outside the Queens Arena
I’LL DRINK TO THAT . . . Queens diehards Jim McCormick and Kevin Hunter enjoy a cold one at the Queens Arena

Diehard Queen of the South supporter Jim McCormick – who missed his first competitive Queens home or away game since 1992 due to the coronavirus pandemic – said it was a great occasion to see friends and the team he loved.

Jim said: “It’s been a hard time for everybody but interacting with fellow supporters and friends has been brilliant. To finally see our team back in action is a great feeling.”

GREAT TO BE BACK . . . Husband and wife, Brian and Julie Kelly, were delighted to see their beloved Queens in the flesh for the first time since February last year
COME ON . . . Queens fans were delighted to be back at Palmerston

Queens may have lost 1-0 to League One side Queen’s Park but the real winners on the day were the Palmerston faithful.

Let’s hope more fans can get back to Palmerston Park in the near distant future to blast out ‘We know our manners…’ in full force.

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