Despite the weather this morning the track covers were put in place at 7.30am and with rain due to stop by around 3pm all systems are GO for a 7pm tapes up.....
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) are eagerly awaiting their local derby with the Newcastle Diamonds at Shielfield Park on Saturday at 7.00pm before the Bandits set off for Peterborough on Sunday at 5pm.
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) revelled in early glory at Glasgow on Sunday evening, winning Heat One 2-4 with Nick Morris' expertise taking the win over an always forceful Richie Worrall while Jye Etheridge's excellent patch of form continued with a good win in Heat two taking the score to 5-7, but after the referee hauled guest James Sarjeant back for moving before the start, in the re-run the fairy tale began to unfold.
It was a top-drawer win (48-44) for the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) last night against Workington, but with a trip to the virtually invincible Glasgow Tigers this evening (Sunday June 4th) at 6pm, Lewis Bridger has had to take to the side lines after a high speed smash in Heat 11 last night.
After last weekend's "eventful" match at Shielfield Park which saw the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) go down in a curtailed match against Redcar, there were bound to be repercussions, as has been proved with a changed looking septet in the home pit.
The Berwick Bandits are and exceptional team in 2017, one for the hugely successful track covers which undoubtedly saved a match where a huge thunder storm had hit les than 90 minutes before start time, a event that would rain off every uncovered match anywhere and two for their unenviable ability to attract the Devil's own luck, time and time again.
Updating live from Shielfield Park - 17:41 - with thunder and lightning rattling round the stadium, the great news is that the covers are once again in position and have been since mid afternoon which means the track has once again been protected.
The forecasts are certain that the rain will clear soon and once its safe to do so, the covers will be lifted and racing will commence.
There may be a delay to start time with lifting the covers - but there's every chance once again that a meeting has been saved by this innovative idea.
Following the attack at the Manchester Arena this week, when 22 lives were tragically lost and many more were severely injured, plus the updated change in the 'terror threat alert' across the UK to 'critical', new guidelines have been issued to all stadiums in the UK in order to ensure the safety of customers, fans and of staff.
So with immediate effect, along with other stadiums and arenas in the UK, Shielfield Park Stadium is to put in place additional security measures and bag checks, these being carried by persons as they approach or come into the stadium.
Before the main event gets underway on Saturday, Berwick Speedway will hold a one minute silence as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives, to the many injured, to their families and friends and to the people of the City of Manchester after the horrific atrocity at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.
Team manager Gary Havelock was thrilled with his team's victory over Peterborough Panther on Saturday night, saying: "This was a long, long time coming for us and from my point of view and Scott's (Courtney) it was purely relief - trust me even more than elation, we were so relieved!