tour through Burnham today for celebrating Somerset Rebels
celebrating Somerset Rebels speedway team are to be given an open-deck
bus tour through Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Friday, November
the club made history when they became Premier League Champions
on Monday night after beating Edinburgh Monarchs to clinch the
Oaktree is widely recognised as being one of the best speedway
tracks in the country and now has the best speedway team in the
country," Mayor Martin Cox told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
wanted to formally acknowledge this week's accomplishment and
have arranged at an open-top bus tour of the area, leaving the
Oaktree Arena on Friday at 2pm, to take the team around Highbridge,
Burnham and Brean."
tour will end at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre for a Civic
Reception to congratulate and commend the riders, team manager
and the Hancock family, who run the Oaktree.
Mayor added: "I will present Outstanding Achievement Certificates
in recognition of this triumph after 14 years of building up the
Oaktree Arena and its Speedway team."
co-promoter Bill Hancock said: "This is a great honour for
the Rebels and we are extremely grateful for the recognition that
the Mayor and his office have extended to the club for its achievements
will be a very proud moment for everyone associated with the Somerset
Rebels and is a marvellous way to bring to an end what has been
a tremendous year for the club."
Rebels had never won a League Championship title and needed to
overcome a first-leg two-point deficit to claim their maiden Championship
crown. The club has previously twice finished as runners-up, in
2008, when they were pipped to the title by Edinburgh, and most
famously last season when they lost by a single race point to
Scunthorpe in the final. The Rebels won 49-44 on Monday - and
92-89 on aggregate - to win the trophy.
coming so close to winning the title last year you wonder if you
will ever get the chance again, but we have now laid that ghost
to rest," Debbie Hancock, the Somerset Rebels promoter, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com. "The guys have been absolutely brilliant
all year, and they did it again for once last time. Edinburgh
really made us work hard for our win, as we knew they would, we
have had some terrific battles in our matches with them this year."