The Mayor of Poole formally congratulated Poole Pirates on making Elite League history this year during a ceremony at the Civic Centre.
Riders joined the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Ann Stribley for a Civic Reception in recognition of their outstanding success this year in a season that saw the Pirates victorious in the Elite League Championship for the third year in a row, a feat not achieved in 43 years since the Belle Vue Aces.
Council staff also joined the team for the presentation of a specially-commissioned Poole Pottery plate to celebrate their fantastic season.
The Mayor said: “We are immensely proud of Poole Pirates for their outstanding and consistent success that remains a testament to their incredible talent. It’s wonderful to have such a fantastic team of local sportsmen whose achievements are a credit to our town. We were delighted to be able to celebrate this historic triumph with them at the Civic Centre, although we were so sorry that Darcy Ward was unable to join us. On behalf of everyone at Borough of Poole, I’d like to wish him all the best with his continued recovery.”
Matt Ford, owner and promoter of Poole Pirates said: “Everyone at Poole Speedway is delighted that their hard work and effort in retaining the Elite League Championship title for the third year running has been recognised by the Mayor and Borough of Poole. It is such a great honour for me and the team to be presented with this stunning commemorative plate. This year has been filled with mixed emotions and everything we have done has been for Darcy who is in our thoughts constantly.”