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Speedway star springs big surprise

PUBLISHED: 13:07 14 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

IPSWICH schoolboy Michael Browes got the surprise of his life thanks to the Evening Star.

The 11-year-old Stoke High School pupil has been left crippled from a rare bone disease.

IPSWICH schoolboy Michael Browes got the surprise of his life thanks to the Evening Star.

The 11-year-old Stoke High School pupil has been left crippled from a rare bone disease.

But the youngster's disability was the furthest thing from his mind when he visited his speedway heroes at Foxhall Stadium.

Michael knew nothing of the surprise until he reached the gates of the stadium to watch the Witches victory against Belle Vue Aces.

He said: "I thought I was going to see a submarine at the docks but I would much rather be doing this."

It is something he has always wanted to see but before now has never had the chance.

On his first visit there he was given the opportunity to walk around the pits to check out the bikes and meet captain of Ipswich Witches, Jeremy Doncaster.

Doncaster has taken over the position while Chris Louis recovers from the serious injuries he sustained in a racing accident in Poland.

Autograph book in hand, Michael and his younger brother Sam aged nine chatted to Doncaster about the race and he said he hoped they had a good night.

The first race they saw was greeted with great excitement at how fast the bikes were going and cheers when the Ipswich Witches rider won.

Step-dad Mark Aldred and grandad Bob Aldred were also with the youngster from Downing Close, who struggles to walk because his bones have not developed properly.

Mark owned a motorbike until two months ago when he had an accident which has left him unable to ride.

But this accident has not deterred young Michael from his dream of owning his own bike, a desire fuelled by the surprise.

Michael said: "I would really love to do speedway racing and I also want to have a Harley Davidson one day."

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