The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s: 99. The ‘Klarion Kamp’ opens

from Swiftsure’s ‘Cycling Notes’ Clarion, 31 August 1895

The Clarion camp at Pickmore opened last Saturday under happy auspices, and the first two days at once dispelled all doubts as to its success. The camp consists of the ‘Candid Friend’s’ van, three bell tents and a large marquee. One bell tent and the van is reserved for the ladies and children. A notable feature has been the ready manner in which the neighbouring farmers and cottagers have proffered their assistance.

Upwards of 200 cyclists and friends visited the camp on the opening day, whilst about 60 stayed the night, 10 of them being ladies. Although the arrangements were slightly rough, the charm and freedom of living in the open air carried away all thoughts of home comforts, and the good fare provided by Secretary Reekie earned him the thanks of all who partook of it.

On the day following (Sunday) about 800 persons visited the camp, and as might be expected the commissariat was taxed to its utmost. Unfortunately the evening ended in a steady downpour and the homeward journey for many must have been an unpleasant experience.

Each evening an al fresco concert was held in the marquee, and the Manchester Clarion C.C. Glee Party made their debut at the first of these.

The proceedings were further enlivened by some excellent singing and reciting by Messrs. Williams, Field, Cummins (of Liverpool) Roddick, Rudd and several others, while Walter Sutcliffe brought sweet music from his zither.

Continued next issue.

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