Just thought you may be interested in a couple of videos that are going to be launched on July 6th about the Kirkgate Cyclists who raced on the grass track at Roundhay.
Here’s a bit more info:
In 2011 Leeds Kirkgate Cycling Club celebrated its 100th year, after forming in 1911 as Leeds Kirkgate Market Traders Cycling and Athletics Club. The club produced some great riders in the 1920s and 1930s, and it had a rich history on the grass tracks during its heyday in the 1950s. It was during that time that many of the members met their future husband or wife through the club. Back then, it had over 100 members and the National Amphitheatre at Roundhay Park would host home crowds of about two to three thousand spectators, who came to watch evening Track League meetings. Although the club disbanded during the late 1960s, some of the strong friendships formed during the 1950s golden era continued and many of them have continued to cycle well into their 70s.
As part of the Clubs centenary celebrations, Leeds Museum Discovery Centre housed a small community display of material from the Club’s history and held an oral histories day, inviting its members to meet and be interviewed in 2011. The idea was to take a snap shot of the Club’s history and add the material to our digital collections. The oral histories taken have been curated into four short digistories that highlights its members’ achievements, friendships and longevity.
It would be great if you could share this with your members and maybe ask them to tweet in?
Do you remember the Kirkgate Cyclists? Did you race in the Grass Track League the 50’s? Are you inspired by Track racing and cycle? If yes, we want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts in the comments section or tweet @leedsmuseums using the hashtag #KirkgateCC