The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s: 172. Christmas 1914

We’ve been hearing a lot about the First World War because of the centenary of its outbreak and as Christmas approaches the famous “Christmas Truce So, I thought that this time it would be interesting to have an extract from the final edition of the Clarion in 1914. The war caused devastating splits on the Left, Blatchford and the Clarion were ‘pro-war” and in the end the paper lost much of its influence.

The last issue of the paper that year was on 25 December – Christmas Day. Here’s an extract from Tom Groom’s regular “Cyclorama.” You may recall I used a piece from him earlier in the war a while back. He is still commemorated by the award of a trophy named for him at the Easter Meet each year.

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