The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s: 140. An invitation from Stockton Clarion and a report from Manchester

From Swiftsure’s “Cycling Notes” Clarion, 7 March 1896

The Secretary of the Stockton Clarion C.C  J.Baker, 6,Garbutt Street, informs me that a meeting of his club will be held in the Labour Club, Norton Road, on March 17th at 7 30 p.m., to which all local Clarion cyclists are cordially invited.

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Last Saturday evening saw the Manchester and District Clarion C.C engaged in their first dance, Dear Swiftsure – which was held in the Tuer Street Schools, Oxford Road. All present voted it a big success, though for my part I prefer to reduce my avoir dupoids by cycling. As one of the M.Cs I found it much harder work than walltzing round on a bicycke.

The openning run of the club will take place tomorrow (Saturday) to Fred Vickers’ Coffee Tavern, Sale, where a social will afterwards be held. Members and friends are particularly requested to join in the run or afterwards at the social.

Next time: The Easter Meet – suggestions from Manchester – and a rare error by Swiftsure

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