Birdwell Wheelers, the second-oldest cycling club in the Barnsley area, began their 70th birthday celebrations at a stall on Market Hill prior to the Tour de Yorkshire men’s race last Friday 3rd May.
Barnsley's Mayor, Cllr Steve Green, was present to cut a commemorative cake which was then given away to many of the crowds which had turned out in numbers, despite a cold and wet day, to watch the start of the race.
Club President Christine Minto watches Mayor Steve Green cut the cake ©A Watson
Hoyland Common Primary pupils eating the cake !!!! ©A Watson
Following the cutting of the cake members of the club rode a processional bike ride around the town hall, returning to the stall before the start of the men’s race.
A wet ride round the Town Hall ©A Watson
Birdwell Wheelers' President, Christine Minto - who has held seven women's national 'time trial' cycling records from 10 miles to 24 hours - said:
"It is a great honour for the club's current members to continue the work of our founders in supporting all forms of cycle racing and leisure cycling in Barnsley and the surrounding districts.
The first meeting to form a club was held in 1949 and we are proud to be able to share this commemoration with local people watching the Tour de Yorkshire stages today.
Several of the founder members gave many years of service and support for the club - Jim Carr, Johnny Lovell, Derrick Ogden, Melvyn Fisher and Graham Taylor.”
Further events to celebrate the anniversary will take place later in the year. Details will be posted here