Cycling club celebrates 60th anniversary

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Nearly 90 members and ex-members attended Mildenhall Cycling Club’s 60th year reunion, held in West Row Village Hall on Sunday.

One of the founding members, Donny Clarke, who has lived in Australia for more than 30 years, had planned his latest trip back to the UK to ensure he could attend this latest reunion.

He was joined by Bob Bragg, who lives in Ipswich, Tony Beverley from Clare, Maurice Scrivener from Bury St Edmunds and John Tilbrook from Mildenhall.

Together with Alan Thompson, who died in September 2012, they founded the club in 1953.

Mildenhall Cycling Club chairman Mark Burchett said: “It is so gratifying to think that so many ex-members still have a special affinity with Mildenhall Cycling Club.”

Mildenhall Wheelers had folded with the advent of World War Two, although some of their trophies live on, being used by the modern day club to recognise the achievements of members.

These and a collection of medals were one of the displays that drew interest from those at the reunion.

Since the success of the GB cycling team in Beijing and especially in the London Olympics last year, the club has seen a welcome surge in interest and now has more than 100 members, the highest it has been since the late 1960s and early 1970s.