Tributes are being paid to one of the Isle of Wight’s greatest speedway supporters.
Bryn Williams was well known to almost everyone in speedway on the Island and across the country after decades of involvement in the sport that he loved.
He sadly died on 28 December.
Bryn – who was born in Wales – was part of the backroom team at Smallbrook Stadium since the stadium opened for speedway in 1996. He began his love affair with speedway as a fan in the 1960s and has worked for many tracks over the years including Hackney, Arena Essex/Lakeside, Eastbourne, King’s Lynn, Oxford and of course the Isle of Wight.
Paying tribute, Wightlink Warriors Commercial Director, Barry Bishop, said:
“Bryn, who could not drive, travelled more or less constantly to watch, commentate or manage speedway. He would often travel with Chris Goulding clocking up thousands of miles to help at speedway tracks across the county every year. Bryn worked at every level in speedway too, although the grassroots of the sport was his passion. He would often travel great distance to offer his skills for amateur meetings equally as readily as he would to commentate on Elite League meetings.
“Bryn had been unwell for several years, but even this did not slow him down. He worked tirelessly for the Warriors as press offices and announcer since Barry Bishop and Martin Widman announced the return of the sport in 2016. Many Islander’s and away fans will remember his distinctive voice, speedway knowledge and the humour he brought to announcing at Smallbrook Stadium.
“It is very sad news to hear of Bryn’s passing. Bryn was a man dedicated to speedway and his love of the Isle of Wight and speedway on the island had no boundaries.
“Bryn travelled each week from Kent to announce for us and during the week supported the club as press officer and he will be missed greatly. I am in discussion with other promoters to do something fitting in celebration of Bryn’s life and his dedication to speedway and we will announce details for this soon.”