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Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 02 February 2017

thomas armstrong.jpgThomas Armstrong Limited, will be continuing in their role as Workington Comets main team sponsor.

It will be for an eleventh successive year, arguably making it one of the longest-running team sponsorships in the sport.

After discussions over the winter, Keith Denham, the CEO of Thomas Armstrong was delighted to continue backing the Comets and for his company to continue in their role as Main Team Sponsors.

Club owner Laura Morgan said: “It is fantastic news to have Thomas Armstrong back on board as our main sponsor for 2017.

“The support that Keith Denham and his business give us over the season is invaluable to our operation and he is clearly very passionate about the sport.

“It is great that we get to see him down at Derwent Park enjoying his speedway with his family on race-nights.

“Keith Denham has been involved with the Comets as a sponsor or a promoter since the sport returned to the town in 1999 and for him to continue his support, and for us to have the backing of such a high profile local company, is great news.”

Co-promoter Steve Whitehead added: “To keep Thomas Armstrong on board is a huge boost for us. We are moving into a new era of the Comets with the new deal that we have in place with the Rugby League Club, and we are delighted that Keith Denham is happy to continue backing us in what could be a very exciting year.”

Thomas Armstrong’s first involvement with the Comets came in 1999 when they became the main sponsor of club legend Carl Stonehewer – and their involvement helped save the day for ‘Stoney’ when his van and equipment were stolen just days before his appearance at the Grand Prix Challenge at Lonigo in Italy.

Following Stoney’s qualification for the Grand Prix series from that meeting they became his main sponsor for most of his time with the club, which of course included the three years he appeared on the world stage as a Grand Prix rider from 2000 to 2002, with the Thomas Armstrong’s name and logo displayed to a global tv audience.

Thomas Armstrong Limited is a local firm, based at Flimby just outside Workington, that was established back in 1830 and, not only are they one of the biggest local employers they are also a nationally recognised brand within the construction sector; with their core business of construction services, the supply of aggregates and the manufacture of quality building products including bespoke joinery, timber frames, pre-cast concrete and concrete blocks.

The company first became the Comets main team sponsor in 2004 and 2005 and, after a one season break, they returned as main team sponsor in 2007 and they have continued to be so ever since; making them the Comets main team sponsor for thirteen seasons in total.

During this period they have also sponsored several other Comets riders in some form, in what has proved to be a very successful relationship for both parties.

Further details of the Thomas Armstrong Group can be found at:

The Comets management team have also announced the continuation of their long-standing relationship with Kirkland Carpets as a Key Partner of the club.

The Cleator Moor based firm have been extremely supportive of the Comets since promoter Laura Morgan took over the club at the end of 2012, but their association with the sport goes back a lot further.

They have a well established history of supporting individual riders as well as the Comets themselves. In fact Kirkland Carpets were the Comets first ever main team sponsor back in 2000.

Kirkland Carpets are situated on Ennerdale Road in Cleator Moor where this month they will celebrate 35 years in business and have recently launched a brand new website showcasing their carpets, beds and furniture range.

As part of their celebrations they are holding a 'Birthday Bash' at The Hub in Workington Town Centre on Saturday 25th February in which they will be raising money for CFM Radio's 'Cash for Kids' campaign.

Commercial Manager for the Comets, Dan Moody, said: “It is always a pleasure to go into their showroom; they are very welcoming and love to talk about speedway! I'd like to personally thank Alistair, Andrew, Laura, Jacky and Michael for their continued support.”

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