Comets legend and all-time record appearance holder Carl Stonehewer will return to West Cumbria to talk candidly about his life and career next month.

Stonehewer – affectionately known as Stoney to fans – will be in Workington on August 25 for a sportsman’s evening at The Waverley Hotel.

Stoney almost stole the show when he took to the stage with speedway commentators Nigel Pearson and Kelvin Tatum at a talk-in at Derwent Park in March.

Stonehewer, who now works as a HGV driver, won the Premier League Riders’ Championship in 2000 and 2001 in Comets colours, secured the Fours and Pairs titles multiple times and clinched the Young Shield in 2008.

He was also the first Premier League rider to qualify for the Grand Prix series.

After announcing his retirement in early 2006 following a horror accident, Stonehewer returned to Comets in 2007.

He eventually retired in 2010 after a spell with Redcar.

The 45-year-old had fallen out of love with the sport until he started teaching his son Beau to tide at Northside speedway training track last summer.

Since then he has been seen regularly at Comets meetings.

The event will be limited to 130 tickets at £10 each and will include a buffet, raffles and auctions.