Belle Vue leg­end Peter Williams dies

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - SPEED­WAY

BELLE Vue leg­end Peter Williams has died.

The old­est sur­viv­ing Ace, Peter made his full de­but for the club in 1955 and was a reg­u­lar in the team for five years be­fore re­tir­ing in 1959.

Williams (pic­tured) took his first laps on the shale in 1951 at the New­ton Heath train­ing track and made a num­ber of guest ap­pear­ances for Belle Vue prior to his full-time de­but. He rode un­der in­flu­en­tial pro­moter John­nie Hoskins and starred along­side some of the club’s most leg­endary names, in­clud­ing Peter Craven.

He was also a part of the Belle Vue team in the mid-50s in­vited to go be­hind the iron cur­tain to Poland, where they en­ter­tained a crowd of 102,000 peo­ple in War­saw.

His all-time av­er­age over the course of his time with the Aces was 4.94.

Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment, Peter went into the fam­ily fruit and veg business with brother David, as well as pur­chas­ing prop­er­ties to con­vert into flats.

These com­mit­ments kept him away from the shale for some time, un­til he re­turned to Hyde Road in 1985 as a spec­ta­tor of his for­mer sport.

He re­mained a loyal sup­porter of Belle Vue in his re­tire­ment, where he was made a life mem­ber and was a reg­u­lar guest at the Na­tional Speed­way Sta­dium.

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