Here's a potential bit of interest for especially the 'old timers' eg Parker! Recent new member Phil Charlson of our local Cumbria Classic Car Club (I'm Membership Sec & Treasurer) has interesting cycling history and happy for this to be published verbatim on our blog.
I was a Bolton Clarion man, joined at 12 and had to sign a pledge never to mention the CTC. We did once play the local CTC group (football) and I got kicked black and blue, being a lightweight 14 at the time. Dad had strong links with the Clarion too and his St Helen’s road shop was a social meeting place on Saturday mornings,could be an inconvenience at times. He also had ties with the Leigh Premier Road Club which I joined in the mid 70’s after after the Clarion in Bolton sadly ceased to exist.