DEDICATED speedway fans turned out in force to support our sister paper The Coventry Observer’s Save Our Bees campaign.
On a day where brake-less bikes were scheduled to be speeding around the popular motorsport venue for the annual Bees press and practice event, instead supporters stood outside the venue asking one question – why?
Following Bees’ axing from the SGB Premiership, fans have been left devastated following almost nine decades of speedway history at Brandon’s Coventry Stadium.
Since the last chequered flag fell in October last year, Bees fans have been unsure about the club’s future following a bitter off-season dispute between stadium owners Brandon Estates Ltd, Bees owner Mick Horton and Coventry Stox, which has left them homeless.
It was hoped the Bees could continue racing at Leicester, but that deal fell apart as it became clear a return to Brandon later this season was not on the cards.
The club now has no venue to race at and has been kicked out of the league.
Two away ‘challenge’ fixtures against Peterborough and Wolverhampton have been confirmed, with campaigners hoping to confirm more dates in the future to keep the Bees on track.
Fans of all ages turned out to support our Save Our Bees campaign and – for the first time since last year – saw the stadium itself.
Observer reporter Shaun Reynolds, who is spearheading the campaign, said: “We knew a Friday afternoon would be tricky as many couldn’t make it back from work. But the turnout was great.
“You only have to look at the passion of the fans present today to understand the history and heritage behind this club. This club cannot be lost.
“I’d like to thank everyone who turned out. We’re planning to run a similar event at a more convenient time in the coming months.”