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Boyzone star Shane Lynch to kick-start Workington Comets season

Pop star Shane Lynch, who rose to fame with Irish boy band Boyzone, will launch Workington Comets’ 2012 season.

The heart-throb will be the main attraction at Derwent Park when Redcar Bears visit in the home curtain raiser on March 31.

Lynch’s arrival will be the first of many promotional incentives that owner Keith Denham and newly-appointed commercial manager Mitch Graham will roll out throughout the year.

It is hoped that Lynch’s arrival will draw a bumper crowd for the first meeting.

The Love Me For A Reason singer will meet some members of the crowd, signing autographs for selected fans.

Lynch, who is no stranger to Cumbrian motorsport after being supported by Stobart Group during his competitive stints in the British Drift Championship, will showcase his skills around the track in a rally car.

He said: “I am mad about all forms of motorsport and those guys on the speedway bikes really know how to fling themselves around the track.

“I am really looking forward to coming to Workington and especially keen to take some lucky Comets fans for a few hot laps around the track.”

Graham, 63, a rider with the team between 1972 and 1975, said the aim for 2012 was to bring entertainment back to Derwent Park.

He added: “I don’t think you could have anyone better to launch the season as Shane is a member of one of the biggest boy bands there has ever been.

“It’s a real coup to have Shane, who is one of the biggest stars we have had here.

“If it is a success we will do it again later on in the season.

“We are bringing entertainment back to Workington speedway. It is a family sport and Shane’s appearance will appeal to supporters of all ages.”

Comets will also launch a new range of merchandise with Lynch sporting one of the new jackets when he appears at the opening home match.

Followers of Comets on social networking site Twitter will be entered into a draw to become Lynch’s passenger during his spin around the track.

To be in with a chance of meeting the tattooed-frontman, follow @WorkingtonComet on the micro-blogging site.

Denham said: “Securing Shane to launch the new season is a fantastic boost and his presence will help to really kick-start the action.

“This year will be an exciting year for Workington Comets.

“We have got an extremely strong rider line up and will continue to invest in the success of the club.

“Our new commercial and promotional campaign will help boost the profile of speedway and the Comets across Cumbria and we want to raise the club to a whole new height.”

Meanwhile, rider Kenny Ingalls has received a new visa that will allow him to return to the UK.

He said on his Twitter page yesterday that he expected to be back in the UK this weekend.

Comets press and practice day will take place next Sunday from 10am with the first league match against Sheffield on April 29.

See next week’s Times & Star for your chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to see Shane Lynch at Derwent Park.

Have your say

Good to see some thinking by the promotion. A great way to start the season.Shane should draw a large crowd but I noticed a very poor advert for Workington speedway in the form of riders using expletives and boasting about air horns being blown out of vehicles etc.

Posted by Anon on 23 March 2012 at 17:56

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