Line-up for anniversary celebration

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Mildenhall Fen Tigers have announced the 16 riders who will compete for the Palmer Trophy at the club’s 40th anniversary meeting next weekend.

Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey will lead the charge for the hosts, with team-mates Jack Kingston, Connor Mountain and Connor Coles also in action.

Riders from King’s Lynn, Cradley, Rye House, Eastbourne, Kent, Coventry and Stoke complete the line-up, who Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly believes will provide fierce competition at Mildenhall Stadium a week on Sunday.

“I know some people will be a little disappointed that we don’t have the three Premier League riders now,” he said.

“But with injuries and so many commitments elsewhere now the season is in full swing, I fully understand their position.

“And to be honest I do feel the line-up is now more competitive overall than originally and I certainly wouldn’t like to pick a winner.”

Running alongside the Palmer Trophy will be the Bernie Klatt Memorial Trophy, which will see four riders from this year’s British Youth Championship compete over four races for the title.

“We have changed the Bernie Klatt Memorial Trophy to feature some of the up-and-coming crop as I felt it better showcased all that Bernie was about,” Jolly said.

“He always loved seeing young riders take up the sport and was always there to encourage them and this is I feel the perfect way to remember Bernie!”

Before the meeting starts at 3.30pm a host of ex-riders will be announced to the crowd, including the 1979 National League Championship winning side of captain and current team manager Rob Henry, Ray Bales, Mick Hines, Melvyn Taylor, Mike Spink, Mick Bates and Richard Knight.

“I was disappointed that after all the hard work put in by everyone the weather beat us back in March,” Jolly said.

“But having said that I feel it may have been a blessing as with summer upon us now, hopefully it will be a cracking day.”