MEMBERS of the Campaign Group last week visited Westminster for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Speedway end-of-season reception.
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is Secretary of the group, and he spoke at length and with great passion about the current loss of Coventry and the need for the club to return home as quickly as possible.
Mr Pawsey has issued the following statement regarding last Wednesday’s event:
The campaign to keep beloved speedway team the Coventry Bees racing at their home in Brandon travelled to Parliament to attend the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Motorcycle Speedway’s annual reception.
Local MP Mark Pawsey joined Jeff Davies and other members of Save Coventry Speedway at Westminster, where the campaign has received support from MPs and supporters of speedway from around the country.
Mark has been an active supporter of Save Coventry Speedway since the group was formed after the Bees future was threatened by the dispute at their home in Brandon Stadium.
The group aims to ensure the Bees return to SGB Premiership racing next year and secure the 89 year old club’s long-term survival.
Brandon Stadium, which has seen racing there since the early days of the sport in the 1920’s, is currently at the centre of an ownership dispute. Recently, proposals have been shown by Brandon Estates to turn the site of Brandon Stadium into a housing development, which would end the hopes of seeing the Coventry Bees return to racing there.
During the reception, Mark spoke about the legacy of the Coventry Bees for the local area and, as Secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group, presented former Bees rider Scott Nicholls with the Outstanding Contribution to Speedway award.
Speaking after the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s reception, Mark said: “Speedway is a fantastic sport and we are very lucky to have had the iconic Coventry Bees based in Brandon.
“I grew up in Binley Woods and I remember going to enjoy racing there with friends and family when I was young. Speedway is a great family evening out and you often see three generations of fans watching from the terraces.
“It was clear at the reception that Save Coventry Speedway enjoys significant support from the speedway community to see them return to racing.
“I will continue to work with Save Coventry Speedway and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Motorcycle Speedway to try and ensure that we can retain speedway at Coventry and preserve the stadium for future generations.”
Jeff Davies of Save Coventry Speedway added: “The Save Coventry Speedway campaign group are extremely grateful to Mr Pawsey, firstly for the invitation to attend the event and secondly, for making the plight of the Coventry Bees the core of his speech.
“He spoke very passionately about the sport and the significance of the Bees to the Borough of Rugby and Binley Woods and made a plea to the large gathering of people including many of the sport's administrators, to do everything they could to support our campaign.
“To have the ongoing support of Mr Pawsey is really important to us and the thousands of people who have lost their sport.”
Pictured above are former Coventry captain Scott Nicholls (who received an Outstanding Contribution to the sport award) and ex-Bees promoter Colin Pratt along with Campaign Group members Steve Jones, Jeff Davies, Shaun Reynolds and Pete Lawrence alongside Mark Pawsey; and below, Jeff Davies in conversation with Mark Pawsey.