Famous faces are set for the Boston speedway reunion

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A whole host of Boston Barracuda greats will be in attendance for a reunion in the new year.

The fifth-annual Friends of Boston Speedway Reunion event will take place on January 2, with the likes of Les Rumsey, John Jackson, Syd Sheldrick, Richard Greer, Brian Clarke, Simon Lambert, Ian Barney and Neil Cotton among around 50 former Cudas pledging to attend.

The most anticipated guest could well be Australian Jim Ryman, set to return to the town for the first time in more than 40 years. Jim, now 72, was an important member of the British League Division Two Championship and also Knock-Out Cup winning team which brought glory to the town in 1973.

He missed the final due to a broken leg, but still joined in the celebrations when the whole team took the trophy back from Workington to the Pilgrim Hospital at 4am.

This year’s event will offer a new format as well.

Graham Brown will open the evening with a tribute to Jack Bywater, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Jack’s family will be present and Cyril Crane will propose a toast alongside Jacks former team mates from the early 70s.

Another new innovation will be the return leg of the quiz against Peterborough, with Micheal Spink, Robert Mouncer Steve Lomas forming the backbone thirsting for revenge against the Panthers .

To help the organisers set up the venue with a machine exhibition featuring bikes from the 60s to the present day and a film show by Maurice Brader and other attractions supporters are asked not to arrive before 6.45pm.

Entry to the event at the Poachers Country Hotel, Kirton Holme, is free.