Get along and back Bandits’ academy

Berwick Bandits will host a fund-raising evening this weekend in support of their Duns speedway academy.

With no racing at Shielfield on Saturday (September 3), the Black and Gold at the track from 7pm is the next best thing!

Scott Courtney and Gary Flint will be launching and explaining a range of sponsorship packages, explain the finer details about the projected completion of phase 2 and from there look towards the exciting phase 3 which will see the shale going down and the creation of the safety-fence and pits area.

Admission is by voluntary donation.

The donation of £5,000 received from the BSPA has been committed to the mammoth project of levelling the land and installing land drainage.

“It was crucial that we had a laser-levelled base for the installation of our track” said Courtney.

“We are effectively perched on the side of a big hill!

“We completed phase 1 primarily down to the financial help of the BSPA and for that we are very grateful. Also, without the marvellous help of Jewsons at Tweedside Estate we wouldn’t be so far along, that’s for sure!

“They have sponsored us for the use of a mini-digger, which was used to establish a track drainage system that we feel will be very effective all year round. We need to emphasise this help from Jewsons, as machinery has been very difficult to come by thus far.

“Now we’re well into phase 2 of the 3-phase project.

“This consists of track drainage, supplying and installation of fence posts, laying of our access road and the first step towards establishing the first layer of our track base,

“We are well on with the track drainage and our access road is due for installation this week.

“Flintie and I are working closely with former Edinburgh skipper Derek Sneddon, one-time Bandit Tamas Sike and Glasgow skipper Aaron Summers on all aspects of this wonderful project, ensuring we can build a facility that will cater for every rider’s needs – from absolute grass-roots beginners to professional riders that need practice time.”

Flint added: “It should be a pretty good night, apart from fund-raising we’ll have the usual pie’n’pea suppers, maybe a quiz, some speedway-related chatter and patter and hopefully a few off-duty riders, as well as our special guests, in attendance.”