Bandits induct latest additions into speedway '˜Hall of Fame'
Berwick Speedway Supporters' Club held their annual '˜Hall of Fame' presentation at the weekend when amongst those honoured were former riders, promoters and track staff.
Brothers Mark and Sean Courtney, along with ex-captain Scott Lamb and veteran Andy Meldrum were all inducted, along with former owners Mike and Yvette Hope, and track staff members Ewen Thompson and Geoff Coulson, who sadly passed away last year. His award was accepted by his son, Terry.
The event was held in the Black & Gold and was attended by a sell-out audience who sat down to a three course meal prior to the awards.
The new inductees join an ever-growing list of ‘Hall of Famers’ which includes riders, owners and staff who have all served the club loyally over the past 50 years since its inception in 1968.
Everyone who accepted their awards said it was a great honour. They said their time spent with the club was “amongst the happiest days of their lives.”
All the riders said they fondly remembered their spells with the team, both at Berrington Lough and Shielfield. They said it was always ‘family orientated’ and were always made to feel welcome by owners, staff and fans.
Mike Hope said he and Yvette were indebted to everyone who helped during their tenure, especially those who helped relaunch the club at Shielfield when they moved back from Berrington.
And Ewen, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, filling almost every role over the decades, said there had been many highs and lows, but Berwick Speedway was in his blood and he had always been mire than happy to play his part.
The awards were presented by club stalwart Dennis McCleary and former captain Paul ‘Banga’ Bentley, who are also members of the ‘Hall of Fame.’