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Hammers to ride again

PUBLISHED: 14:29 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:29 16 October 2015

Lakeside Hammers Andreas Jonsson (red) leads the way from Poole's Chris Holder during an Elite League meeting at the Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Lakeside Hammers Andreas Jonsson (red) leads the way from Poole's Chris Holder during an Elite League meeting at the Arena Essex Raceway (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Owner Douglas delights fans with news

Lakeside Hammers will ride again in 2016, after months of uncertainty over their future.

After a disappointing Elite League campaign, which saw them finish bottom of the table, fans faced an anxious wait to see if the team would continue to compete.

But speaking at the club’s Public Meeting last night, owner Stuart Douglas said: “I’m thrilled we are coming back to the tapes at the Arena Essex Raceway for 2016.

“It has been a really fraught few months where we have been beholden to the moves of the Arena owners. At one point I did really think that the last Speedway race had been run, but perseverance paid off in the end thanks to a good working relationship with our landlords.

“I appreciate the efforts they have gone to and I’d like to thank the fans for their patience as it has not been easy for any of us and it really has gone to the wire.

“There are still some details to be sorted out but we are pretty much there. This will be the tenth season that Jon (Cook) and I will have been at the helm of the Hammers and although we can breathe a little easier in the short term this is just the very beginning of the battle to keep speedway in this part of Essex.”

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