The Edinburgh Parsons Peebles Monarchs season has kicked off in fine style with the 2017 Season Launch Live on Thursday night and the Press and Practice session on Friday. At the launch Gordon Campbell took the place of Graham Norton interviewing the riders and promotion who were relaxed on the sofa sharing laughs and their aims for 2017. All were in a confident, up beat mood raring to go and if the season is to pan out like this it is sure to be an entertaining one. The riders then got their first opportunity this year to ride the Armadale track and all the reports coming back were positive with newcomers Josh Pickering and Ricky Wells particularly impressing and everyone looking good and showing promise. If the season was to progress like that then it has a good chance of being a successful one. A very welcome addition to the day was the sun, the weather last season almost brought the club to its knees so it was great to start the year with a dry day, hopefully that become the norm on Fridays this year giving the riders the best chance of fulfilling their potential.
A massive boost on Thursday night was the announcement that Parson Peebles will be the team sponsors for 2017, this is fantastic news and removes some of pressure of the finances of the club. Parsons Peebles are an iconic Edinburgh company formed in 1898 in Leith as Bruce Peebles and Company and are now based in Rosyth. The Monarchs Fans Trust was setup to help secure the future of speedway in the east of Scotland but a good sponsor is also pivotal to the future of the club. Fans Trust chairman Len Jones has been working hard to secure the deal and a massive thank you is due to him and everyone at Parsons Peebles who made this happen, here’s hoping it is the start of a long and fruitful relationship for both parties.
At the Launch night and the practice sales for the PRE-SEASON DRAW have been going really well and the Trust committee thank everyone who has bought a ticket so far, tickets can still be bought online and will be available at the Saltire Motorcycles Birthday bash tomorrow. The deadline for purchasing tickets online is 1100 on Saturday morning so if you want a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes make sure you get your ticket. Got to be in it to win it.