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West Bromwich CTC in the 1970's

I joined the CTC in 1975 and stopped riding with them in about 1993. West Bromwich Section were my local group whom I joined in June 1975. 

My first ride was to Cleobury Mortimer and we rode through Bewdley and joined the old trackbed through the Wyre Forest, then joined the main Cleobury - Bewdley road to the pub. My first visit to a pub! My first pint!

As far as memory permits, other members on this ride were: Nick Banyard, Pete & Keith Walker, Bern, Tony Wells, Lynne Hancock, Ian Preston. There was a brief argument outside the safari park when Tony Wells punctured, everybody messed about and Bern complained that nobody was cycling seriously enough and he took off to the correct destination, Frith Common.

The first photographs I took of West Brom were a year later on the birthday ride, these pics at Arley where we had a donkey fight and races around a triangle of grass. This caused Harry to throw a fit and he rode off to the tea on his own, disgusted with our attitude. We joined him later...

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l-r Martin Bridgwood, George Fellows, Roy Stevens, Ian Preston,Bern Willetts, Nick Banyard, Keith Walker, Tony Lawley

 

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New year 1977 we went to Ludlow for the weekend. In those days cold was seriously cold (or so it seemed). Clothing was nowhere near as good as it is today, looking at these images, this is obvious. These were taken Sunday morning as we were leaving Ludlow.

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These images below were on a hill somewhere around Caynham. As we approached, a Morris 1000 Traveller was sliding down sideways. So of course we made the most of it...

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l-r: Bern Willetts, Len Chinnock,Ian Preston, Tony Lawley, Keith Walker,Nick Banyard, Pete Walker, Steve Norgrove.

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This is Nick and me, no cycling shoes (trainers), no thermal clothing, old style pump pegs, rear lamp hanging off the saddlebag (cool or what?)

DA rally 1977

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Stow weekend September 1977:

My first weekend away with the club. George led it, when we arrived there was a fair in Stow town centre.

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Martin, Ian Stevens, Dave Kirke, Keith, me, Pete, Nick. The accident wasn't staged.

Wem New Year 1978

A bit more subdued, although another of Berns famous weekends away. Only one punk rocker showing his manly chest, one man in the canal, one night-time puncture and one man standing on his head on the A53.

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Hereford Weekend 1978

This was for a select few; Bern, Keith, Pete, Garry Edwards and Gary Smith. Another "bern epic". Memorable quotes were from the chip shop on our way home from the pub, Bern thought he saw on the menu "apple pasty" when it was actually "pie or pasty", also this is when Gary Smith was rechristened "Shoulders Smith".

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Rushall YH 1979

A memorable weekend, Phil Duggans first weekend away, Youth Hostel next to the pub, poor weather.

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The chap at the back is John Field who left these shores to go on a round the world trip. We never saw him again. In the bus shelter, the laid back Tony Crump.

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