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Knutsford May Day 4th May 2018 and In The Company of Kings 5th May 2018

The RRA was out on all days over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Knutsford May Day 4th May 2018

On Saturday I was out with the Cheshire Wheelers in Knutsford Royal May Day.

This is one of the oldest and largest festivals in the UK and is the highlight of the Knutsford town calendar. See www.knutsford-royal-mayday.co.uk

All the main streets are closed- a procession winds its way around the streets of Knutsford. The whole town comes out to support the procession.

The Knutsford Royal May Day dates from 1864 with it receiving it “Royal” status in 1887 when the then Prince and Princess of Wales (the future Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) visited Knutsford May Day.

I was with the Cheshire Wheelers which represents cycling from its inception, from a Hobby Horse, through the advent of the Penny Farthing (ordinary), early “safeties” to the light weight era that I represented.

A fantastic day with glorious weather.

A couple of pictures are shown below.

Lancashire VCC (Vintage Cycle Club) Lightweight day 5th May Whalley

This was a Vintage Cycle Club day which represented many cycles from the early lightweight era from the 1930s through to the 1980s. All machines were set out inside

To me the highlight was a very rare 1954 Reg Harris track bike, utilising the RRA frameset.

This had a Williams chainset, BSA cranks with RRA pedals. A fantastic machine.

This is owned by a VCC member. Note the RHH on the seat tube. This was common practice to replace the RRA with the riders initials. This stands for Reginald Hargreaves Harris.

It is amazing to think that it was 70 years ago this year in 1948 that Reg – in close sequence – smashed his ribs and back in a car crash, broke his elbow in a cycling crash, and won two silver medals in the London Olympics on his RRA!

Click on the info for a simple narrative for each photo.