Shock as Bandits go up for sale

Berwick bandits chairman John Anderson is quitting the team and has put them up for sale with immediate effect.

“We have taken the club as far as we can.”

That statement, issued by John Anderson on behalf of his fellow directors, son Ryan and George Hepburn, and having consulted and updated co-promoter Dennis McCleary and team manager Scott Courtney, is his indication that this 49th season of speedway at Berwick is to be his, and the current promotion’s last.

“The club is up for sale as a going concern,” he stated. “We are ready to talk to interested parties.

“Since becoming involved as promoter here in 2009, I have watched with pride as the track surface and lighting were improved beyond recognition, our foam-fence, the best and safest in the Premier League, was installed and we introduced track covers, first in 2012 and improved upon this season.

“Under this promotion we have gained full FIM approval for our stadium and presentation standards, staged four televised meetings live on Sky Sports, three FIM World Championship events, two British Championships and the 2013 BenFund Bonanza.

“However the strain of running the organisation has sapped our collective enthusiasm and stamina to the point where we recognise we have, personally, gone as far as we can.

“The time has come for others, perhaps younger and with fresh ideas for the onward progress and promotion of speedway in Berwick upon Tweed, to take over, buy us out and take up the challenge of running the club and delivering an entertaining weekly speedway show at Shielfield Park.

“Running a speedway here doesn’t come cheap, as George, Ryan and I well know, but we hope and trust there will be interest from some person or group willing to take over and take the sport forward into what will be the club’s 50th season in 2017.”

Interested parties should contact John Anderson on 07503-540236 or George Hepburn on 07831-181089. All enquiries will be treated in fullest confidence.