speedway boss receives Parliamentary award
Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock was recognised by the All Party Parliamentary
Group for Motorcycle Speedway (APPG) in being selected as their
Premier League promoter of the Year during an awards ceremony held
at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
APPG vice-chairman, Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby and Bulkington, paid
tribute to Debbie Hancock and what has been achieved at the Oaktree
Arena in Highbridge.
"The APPG Premier League award goes to a lady who heads up
an operation in a field in Somerset," he said. "Well,
it used to be a farmers field, now it is a thriving venue
which operates as a focal point for community events, special occasions,
conferences, and, of course, in the context that we are looking
at it today, a highly successful speedway track which for the last
few years has regularly hit the heights in the Premier League."
"The Oaktree Arena is her pride and joy, and whenever the team,
which includes her parents as well as co-promoter Garry May, and
the riders, bring a national trophy to Somerset, the team ethic
is one which is proudly displayed by the club."
"At the helm is a lady with great drive and enthusiasm for
the whole Oaktree Arena project and it is fitting that just a few
weeks after the team collected the Premier League title
that we make special recognition of its driving force, Debbie Hancock."
Due to a clash with another event, Debbie could not be at the award
ceremony and so Garry May accepted the award on her behalf.
Speaking of her award, Debbie Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
am very honoured to have been recognised by such an influential
group, and I am sorry that I was not able to attend the presentation
in order to collect the award in person."
"But in accepting the award, I do so on behalf of everyone
behind the scenes who have helped to make Somerset Speedway and
the Oaktree Arena the success it has become in recent times, which
will hopefully continue for many years to come."
Somerset co-promoter Garry May receiving the award of behalf of
Debbie Hancock - picture courtesy of Steve Brock