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Camping for Races?

Camping for Races?

This glass plate image came with the cycling set and we wonder if perhaps they were camping or is this the changing facilities for the competitors?
Image courtesy of Geoff Patton

Cyclists at Grangetown

Cyclists at Grangetown

Was there a fancy dress part to the event? We have ladies in outfits, two firemen and is that a hose stacked inside the frame; as well as beekeepers in the background. The weather appears to be good and all are in their best outfits.

Image courtesy of Geoff Patten.

Races at Grangetown

Races at Grangetown

Is this the unruly end? Has the steward had to advise the spectators to be less boisterous in the presence of ladies?
Image courtesy of Geoff Patton

Other Bike Race Watchers

Other Bike Race Watchers

Obviously the general viewing public had to sit in rows closer to the ”rails”upon bench seats – bet they were not as comfortable as at present day events. But the ladies seem to be enjoying a good conversation.
Image courtesy of Geoff Patton

Bike Race Spectators

Bike Race Spectators

Is this the ”posh” spectators end? Note the decanter and cut glasses on the picnic table, perhaps they were sponsors or just having a good day at the races?
Image courtesy of Geoff Patton

Cycle Races – Timekeepers?

Cycle Races - Timekeepers?

This timing business seems very serious, how much simpler it seems in modern times! But note how smartly they turn out, including the tweed? suit and deerstalker hat.

Image courtesy of Geoff Patton

Bike Races Grangetown

Bike Races Grangetown

The second of the images from our Grangetown series, how different to the cycling on the Olympics last year?

Image courtesy of Geoff Patton

Cycle Races Grangetown – 1900

Cycle Races Grangetown - 1900

We know where and we know when – by deciphering the inscription on this glass plate image. One of a series which came to us and we realise it is really outside our area, but again loved the images. As the rest of the images show, all appear to be enjoying themselves and the weather seems to have ensured a good turnout of spectators.

Image courtesy of Geoff Patton

Tug O’ War

Tug O’ War

This image has caused some discussion! Terry Clarke identifies the place as ”Ben Scott’s playing field” on North Road, Loftus; with Clive (Sam) Simpson encouraging the team. The team is identified as The Jets (later known as Carlin How Jubilee Boomers and then Sam’s Triers).

Tom Webster advises: ”This dates from the late 80′s, early 90′s and was part of a Loftus Fun Day organised by The Civic Trust/Loftus Development Trust and others. Two of the organisers Alan Caldwell and Jane Taylor, from the Loftus Civic Trust are seated on the grass.”              
(photo courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Terry and Tom for that updates.)

Heave!

Heave!

Loftus tug of war team May 1981 at the King George playing field Guisborough.

Team from left to right: John Garner, Joe Cook, ??, Rob Spoor, ??, Leo Bowman, Dave Harris, ??.

Thanks to Terry Clarke for the names to date, can you name any of remaining members?

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