More riders confirmed for anniversary meeting

SPEEDWAY - PLANS are rapidly coming together for Somerset s 10-year anniversary meeting, which will open the club's season on Friday, March 19.

PLANS are rapidly coming together for Somerset's 10-year anniversary meeting, which will open the club's season on Friday, March 19, and it could be one of the few occasions that fans will get to see the next confirmed rider appearing in the UK in 2010, that rider being Lee Richardson.

Following his well documented winter team issues, Richardson has been left on the sidelines without a club for the forthcoming season, and so his appearance at the Oak Tree Arena for Somerset's celebration meeting is all the more of a coup for the Rebel promotion.

Another rider confirmed is Poland's Sebastian Ulamek make what will be a rare appearance in the UK, his visits to these shores being few and far between since he rode for Swindon in 2007.

News of Ulamek's participation in Somerset's celebration meeting comes alongside that three of the 2010 Somerset Rebels septet, Shane Parker, Cory Gathercole and Steve Boxall, will also be competing in the event and brings the number of confirmed riders to date for the meeting to nine:

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Hans Andersen (Denmark), Mark Lemon (Australia), Charlie Gjedde (Denmark), Niels-Kristian Iversen (Denmark), Lee Richardson (England), Sebastian Ulamek (Poland), Shane Parker (Australia), Cory Gathercole (Australia), Steve Boxall (England).

Somerset Speedway will be holding their planned memorial service to the late Emil Kramer at the Oak Tree Arena on Friday, March 19, service to commence at 5.45pm and will be conducted by the Reverend Simon Lewis, priest in charge of the local parishes for the Diocese of Bath & Wells.

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The service will take place prior to Somerset's 10th anniversary meeting that is being held that same evening.

After consultations with the church it was decided to move the service from the local parish church due to the envisaged large number of supporters and riders who wish to attend, especially those past and present riders who are attending the club's anniversary meeting.

A golden oak tree will also be blessed and dedicated to Emil as a lasting tribute to his memory and a number of collections, plus merchandise, will be available which has been organised by Somerset's Riders Equipment Fund (SREF), all proceeds from which will go to Emil's daughter Nelly's Trust Fund.

As a tribute and in memory to Emil, 2010 will see the Somerset riders wearing new team Kevlars in the Swedish national colours of yellow and blue, as opposed to the club's traditional colours of red and blue.

Fans are reminded to note that the 10 year anniversary meeting itself will commence at 7.15pm, with the pre-meeting rider parade taking place at 7pm.

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