Bikes: Telford Ice Speedway

Telford Ice Speedway chiefs have reluctantly pulled the plug on their plans for February’s big event.And that spells the end of 23 consecutive shows at the Telford Ice Rink… but both Graham Drury and Ian Thomas have vowed to return for the 25th anniversary in 2010.

A massive upgrade of plant machinery within the venue threw the event into doubt – and Drury has revealed how there is no 100% guarantee the rink will be available for the roar of the bikes in February.

He said: “We have a wonderful relationship with the management at Telford Ice Rink and they have told us it’s only 80% likely the upgrade work will be completed.

“If we were to press ahead with the Speedway it would be a big gamble. Over the years we have developed a great reputation for entertainment and there is no way we would jeapordise that.

“So it is with great r! eluctance that Telford 2009 will not be going ahead, but it must be emphasised that we will be back in February 2010 for our 25th anniversary meetings. That will be some occasion.“I felt a statement was necessary because a lot of fans plan their weekend around Telford and many stay overnight in hotels throughout the area. I apologise to all those who are disappointed and look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2010.”