Hedon and memories of speedway in Hull – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Malcolm Smith, Scarcroft.

Memories of Hedon have featured in The Yorkshire Post.

I READ with interest the article on Hedon by David Lee (The Yorkshire Post, July 31), especially his brief reference to the speedway on the old airport just after the war.

I was 10 and entertainment was in very short supply at 
the time. Living in Skirbeck 
Road in the Gillshill area of Hull meant that the speedway 
track was in easy cycling 
reach.

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The Hull team, managed by a neighbour, was called “Hull Angels” and wore blue and yellow kit. I seem to remember that “Mick Mitchell” was their star rider.

Memories of Hedon have featured in The Yorkshire Post.

The track was made of 
cinders and we always returned home with blackened faces 
from exposure at our favourite bend. Unfortunately, they were not very good and soon disappeared.

I then turned to watching 
Hull City instead after the 
arrival of Raich Carter who made them a reasonable team in the heights of League Division Three (North).

David Lee’s other reference 
to the two churches known as the King (Hedon) and the 
Queen (Patrington) reminded me of our many cycling trips to Aldbrough to check on the coastal erosion. We were halfway there when the two towers came into line.

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