Conservative councillors have thanked the organisers of last weekend’s Brighton Speed Trials for putting on such a safe, successful and well-attended event.
Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, and fellow Councillors Ann and Ken Norman joined the 4,500 spectators who gathered along Madeira Drive and Marine Parade to watch the historic event.
The Brighton Speed Trials were first held in the city in 1905 but the Council’s anti-car Administration threatened to pull the plug on this year’s event. Ken Norman joined with the organisers to mount a huge international campaign to save the Trials. An online petition on the Council’s website attracted 12,430 signatures – more than for any other issue.
Ken said: “I would like to thank the wonderful Brighton & Hove Motor Club for all the hard work they have put into putting on what turned out to be such a successful event. Following the tragedy in 2012 they had to jump through even more hoops than ever this year in order to satisfy the Council over the safety of the Trials. The Speed Trials are part of Brighton’s history and heritage and it would have been a huge loss to the city if the Council Administration had got their way.”
Geoffrey Theobald added: “The fact that so many people turned out on Saturday shows just how much it means to residents and visitors. Events such as this provide a fantastic boost for our economy and the local cafes, restaurants and other businesses were all absolutely buzzing with people from what I could see. I am proud of the part that the Conservative Group, and Ken in particular, was able to play in enabling the Trials to take place this year.”