King's Lynn rider endures nightmare trip from his Sussex home to West Norfolk
New King’s Lynn Stars signing Lewis Bridger is back from a nightmare trip from his Sussex home to West Norfolk whilst battling with the worst Storm Darcy could throw at him.
The Hastings-born speedway rider spent a long weekend with the family of former Minors and Brady Stars reserve Lewis Rose.
Rose will be helping Bridger in the Adrian Flux Arena pits during his comeback 2021 Premiership season, after the latter has taken a break from the sport since 2017.
Bridger was hoping to tie up some equipment issues but not everything went to plan and he battled wintry snow and icy conditions on the way home to Bexhill-on-Sea in a fraught 160 miles-plus journey.
There was no time to rest on his laurels as Bridger had to prepare for his usual 12-hour shift as a security guard.
The 31-year-old has had to undertake security work because plans to complete a personal trainer qualification were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I had to drive back home in snow and then start a 12-hour shift,” Bridger told the Lynn News on Monday. “Because Lewis is away and things were shut on Sunday I couldn’t get everything I wanted. I had to stay the night.”
He added about his first-namesake Rose: “Lewis is working away in Ireland. He works there for three weeks at a time.
“He got an offer from his dad to go in 50/50 with a demolition business. They’re so busy: there’s so many men have got to be here; so many men have got to be there.
“But Lewis loves it, he says he loves all the plant machinery being around him, and fair play to him.
“He’s making decent money away from speedway, and doesn’t have to be worried about getting injured, so you’ve got to take your hat off to him.
“If I had that opportunity I’d think about it but I don’t know if I’d work away from home for that long. His dad offered me work but I’d be worried about changing too much in my life.”