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  1. HertsRacer

    Hugh Watkinson

    Brian. I may have a possible lead for you, in a CERA WATKINSON who is the daughter of Hugh's nephew LAURENCE.E WATKINSON, the son of Hugh's brother ERIC. She is now Cera Bulpitt and lives in Ventor, Isle of Wight. If you look at http://www.isleofwightscouts.org.uk/districts/east-wight-district/3rd-ventnor/ she is mentioned as a leader along with her husband Steve. There is a contact page on the site, so you could get in touch with her through that. She may also have better current information, contact wise, of other relatives than I can provide.
  2. HertsRacer

    Hugh Watkinson

    Brian, when is the plaque being affixed? I'm an experienced Genealogist so if there's time I'm more than happy to see if I can find any living relatives, although I probably wont be able to come up with their current addresses. I know that Hugh had three younger brothers.
  3. Agreed. Having noticed last night how close the houses are now to Swindon Stadium, I'm sure the residents would be thrilled to have a water tanker going round the track at 4 O'Clock in the morning.
  4. HertsRacer

    Rye House 2018

    Totally correct. Rye House's support is not local but from all over Hertfordshire etc. Also many work in London and commute by train, and the current rail fiasco is making it impossible for them to get home and get to Rye in time.
  5. HertsRacer

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Think the 1st and 2nd Division teams have been given the option.
  6. HertsRacer

    Any Chance Of A Brafield Revival?

    Can't agree with you there. The last speedway at MK was over 25 years ago. The town has changed greatly since then. As for the Basketball team, The Lions only moved to London after they lost use of their home venue due to proposed redevelopment and no other suitable venue could be found within the town.
  7. HertsRacer

    Bradford To Return ?

    You were very lucky. Looked absolutely terrifying on the television.
  8. HertsRacer

    Rye House 2018

    Totally agree with you re conference system. It always amazes me how the regular baseball season consists of 162 games, and there is still interest as to reaching the play-offs right up to the last game.
  9. HertsRacer

    Bradford To Return ?

    Watched a programme on BT a few days ago presented by Gaby Logan, who was there when it happened. One of the most chilling bits was when they showed how fast the fire spread, from a tiny fire, to four minutes later an inferno engulfing the whole stand. Horrific.
  10. HertsRacer

    Rye House 2018

    The fact that Rye House have pulled the plug is so far based on rumour. If true, and it may well be that they have approached the BSPA with their intention , I suspect there are ongoing moves behind the scenes to come up with a rescue package that will at least enable them to finish the season.
  11. HertsRacer

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Sadly many tracks continue today only because they know that if they were to close they would never get planning permission to re-open again due to noise and the close proximity of houses these days. .
  12. HertsRacer

    Bradford To Return ?

    Not to mention the proposed return of speedway to Barrow.
  13. HertsRacer

    Fixed night farce-how much longer

    Its an odd one. In the late 60's I was a regular at Reading who ran on a Monday. They averaged 6000+ in those days. Also went to Romford on Thursdays who averaged about 5000. Not much difference, people worked the next day and kids went to school. Today I can walk down our High Street Mondays to Thursdays evenings and all the pubs and restaurants are empty, and the place is like a ghost town. I don't think its just about money as our town is fairly affluent, it seems that people just don't want to go out midweek these days.
  14. HertsRacer

    Any Chance Of A Brafield Revival?

    Notice in this weeks Speedway Star that a couple of enquiries have already been make re the possibility of speedway returning to Brafield. Answer seems to be no in the short term, but maybe in a couple of years time.
  15. Rye House will never work as a mid week track. The trouble is much of their support is not local but from all over Hertfordshire. People just don't have the time or inclination to get home from work, change, grab a bite to eat and rush out again. The chaos on Govia trains at present is also doing the club no favours.

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