Another Comets celebrity visitor passes away!
Photo by Dave PayneWed 14 Mar 2018
Coming just two days after the passing of Ken Dodd comes the sad news that comedian Jim Bowen has passed away at the age of 80.
Best known for hosting the long-running darts-based tv show "Bullseye" the Lancashire comedian was brought to Derwent Park by Ian Thomas on Sunday 28th April 1985 for the opening meeting of Workington's ‘Open Licence' junior season promoted by Dave Younghusband, assisted by Ian Thomas.
The meeting was a 20-heat, 16-rider junior individual event for the Jim Bowen Trophy.
However, heavy rain ultimately caused the abandonment after 12 heats, with each rider having had three rides, and the result was declared with Gary Clegg as the winner on an unbeaten 9 points.
In second place was Cumbrian rider John Walmsley and in third place was Halifax junior Jim Graham.
The above picture shows a handful of supporters who got to meet Jim; having won a competition run by the 'Times & Star' in the lead up to the meeting.
Following the meeting Jim Bowen returned to Derwent Park to perform his stand-up routine to a packed Derwent Lounge.
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Last Updated : Wed 14 Mar 2018, 23:59 UK