Speedway: Bandits bow out with big night

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THE Berwick Bandits supporters’ club, fans, management and riders waved goodbye to the 2012 season within the grounds of Shielfield Park on Saturday night at the end of season presentation evening, writes Lawrence Heppell.

The occasion was hosted expertly by Nite Talk MC Steven Hayward who led the rider presentation and disco until the early hours of Sunday.

With all 2012 riders present, and in a season of injury there were plenty of them, the award winners were duly applauded with Ricky Ashworth taking The Bandit of Year.

Lee Complin was awarded the trophy for the fastest Bandit at Shielfield in 2012, and Seb Alden received the Supporters’ Club Bandit of Year.

David Bellego picked up his trophy for becoming the 2012 Bonus Point King whilst Nicki Barrett, Liam Carr, Alex Edberg, Robin Aspegren, Micky Dyer were also in attendance.

Club co-owner John Anderson once again urged fans to go out and promote the club to potential advertisers and sponsors to ensure a happy conclusion to 2012 especially considering the Benevolent Fund Meeting and World Under 21 Meeting have been allocated to Berwick Speedway should the club survive the financial nightmares currently being endured… and as there’s still no concrete news on a main sponsor, it’s doubly important for everyone connected to the Bandits to press on and search for good solid financial backing.

In relation to this a presentation of cheque for £1500 by Supporters’ Club to promotion was made to much adulation from the attendees.

A presentation by the club was then made to long serving behind scenes staff members Dougie Logan and Raymond Thorpe, and to end the night on a very proud moment a special presentation was made to Berwick Speedway’s promotion by the BSPA chairperson Alex Harkess on behalf of Benevolent Fund with a plaque to honour Berwick being top track fund collector for the last three years in row, tipping in excess of £1400 on two occasions.