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Mildenhall Fen Tigers pay tribute to 'true legend' Danny Ayres

The Mildenhall Fen Tigers have released a statement in the wake Danny Ayres' death – describing their former captain as a 'true legend'.

It was confirmed last night on Ayres' official Facebook page that he had died at the age of 33.

The Fen Tigers' statement said: "Danny will always be a Fen Tigers legend and has touched many of our hearts with his personality and racing, he never gave us less than 100% and we will all miss him terribly.

Danny Ayres
Danny Ayres

"His performances during his time at Mildenhall will live with us all as will the team man he was, always there for his younger team mates and always positive about the club he represented with such pride.

"We have also spoken this morning about running a meeting later this season in Danny’s memory and in support of his partner Jodie and their children. We are looking at dates and a format and will advise you of this once we are in a position to do so."

Meanwhile, Fen Tigers co-owner Phil Kirk added: “This is devastating news for all involved with Mildenhall Speedway. Danny was loved by fans and management alike and was a true legend of this club.

Danny Ayres (central) was a popular member of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers team
Danny Ayres (central) was a popular member of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers team

"The connection between him and the fans was something very special and his total commitment to his local club could never be questioned.

"On a personal note it’s very hard to take in, I have lost a mate and will miss our chats and his stories on our track walks, speedway was a much better place with Danny around and we all send our love and condolences to his partner Jodie and their daughters Lilou & Anaiya , Danny’s son Kai, his father David and all the rest of his family and friends at this most difficult of times."

The Fen Tigers have also announced that next weekend's Meet The Riders event has been cancelled, with a new date to be announced in due course.