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Hammers coach excited about new season

14:00 11 February 2016

New Lakeside Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum (white) in action at the 2015 Rico Spring Classic (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

New Lakeside Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum (white) in action at the 2015 Rico Spring Classic (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

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Tatum looking forward to fans’ forum

Stuart Robson in action for Lakeside Hammers in 2012 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Stuart Robson in action for Lakeside Hammers in 2012 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

New Lakeside Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum is relishing the chance to meet up with supporters at the Fans’ Forum next Thursday, February 18 (7.30pm).

Tatum will join co-promoter Jon Cook in the Pavilion Suite at the Orsett Hall Hotel to discuss the upcoming 2016 season.

Having joined the club in an advisory capacity to assist with coaching and development over the winter, the former British Champion is excited for the year ahead.

And he is interested to hear the perspective of the Lakeside fan base as he answers questions alongside Cook.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Tatum. “It will be my first opportunity to sit down with Jon Cook in front of the Lakeside fans so it should be a good evening.

“I’m delighted to be involved at Lakeside and the news of my involvement seems to have gone down well, so I’m looking forward to having some good interaction with the fans.

“I’m interested to hear what questions they have to ask and what they would like to discuss, so hopefully we can understand their view of things.

“It’s going to be an exciting season and it isn’t far away now, so it’s always good to get the chance to meet up with the supporters and talk about the year ahead.”

Admission for the event is free although coin donations will be welcomed for the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund.

Meanwhile, fans can also see the new Hammers replica shirt and order their own for collection at the Spring Trophy meeting.

Stuart Robson, one of the most popular riders of the modern Lakeside era, will be joining the Vortex Hammers squad for the big opening night of the season next month.

Robson, who ended his retirement to join the club in 2009, will appear in the Spring Trophy on Friday, March 18.

He joins Lewis Bridger and Dennis Jonsson as well as the 2016 Vortex Hammers in what promises to be a memorable start to the season for the fans.

The club have also confirmed the meeting will be a fundraiser for the replacement of the safety fence after some sections were condemned by a Speedway Control Bureau track inspection.

Cook said: “It’s great to have Robbo back, the plan is very much for this to be an in-house event for Hammers fans and riders alike and the revenue raised will benefit our riders significantly by funding those safety improvements required.”

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