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£3000 Raised for Monarchs Speedway Academy

NEWS Tuesday 20th April 2021, 4:45pm

by Mike Hunter

Monarchs 100 organiser Scott Wilson was a hoarse man after Sunday's second staging of the fundraising auction, having completed a 2-hour stint which raised slightly more than £3,000 towards the costs of our new Monarchs Speedway Academy.

He rattled through 150 or so items in around 2 hours in his usual entertaining style before heading off for a radio show.

The first online auction in 2020 raised £4,000 but had the advantage of including a car, so this year's effort was at least as praiseworthy. We're grateful to everyone who joined in either by donating memorabilia, joined in the online session or bid successfully. We have started contacting people about their purchases, with Scott's fellow organiser Derek Wilkinson now much involved in both collecting and delivering over the next few days.

Several of the race jackets fetched three-figure amounts as did some early volumes of Speedway Star and Max Fricke's Pairs Trophy, as well as the mouth-watering meal for 4 at Dine Edinburgh.

We do have plans to continue using Memorabilia sales to raise funds for the Monarchs Speedway Academy, a cause which has clearly caught the attention of many. We will also have announcements in the weeks to come about the progress of this initiative.

There were additional donations to the auction by the Vass Family and Bob & Morag Miller, for which we thank them.

For the time being, thanks again to everyone especially the Monarchs 100 organisers.