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Delving back into Raleigh’s history

Nottinghamshire County Council Archives Service Raleigh Collection. Reg Harris OBE (the cyclist at the far left) as part of the Great British team riding a Raleigh dual tandem with a colleague and the pair went on to lift a Silver medal at the London 1948 Olympics.

Nottinghamshire County Council Archives Service Raleigh Collection. Reg Harris OBE (the cyclist at the far left) as part of the Great British team riding a Raleigh dual tandem with a colleague and the pair went on to lift a Silver medal at the London 1948 Olympics.

A new exhibition capturing the history of Eastwood cycling firm Raleigh has been put together byNottinghamshire County Council.

Great British cycling has enjoyed recent golden moments following the success of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France, the popularity of the Tour of Britain, and the stunning exploits of Team GB at London 2012.

As a result experts from the authority’s archive team created the Turning Back the Pages exhibition based around Raleigh which is one of the most recognisable names in British cycling.

Started in Nottingham the firmnow has a huge association with Eastwood andis one of the area’s biggest employers.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Archives Manager Mark Dorrington said: “Our archives service holds some fascinating records related to Raleigh from its time during the war, catalogues of Raleigh bikes, global patents and lots if historical photographs such as this.

“It is well worth reminding ourselves of the rich heritage of cycling, Raleigh and success at a past Games, as we celebrate recent success.”

The exhibition is available in book format or online.

To get a copy of the book by post, send £3.50 plus £3 p+p cheques payable to ‘Nottinghamshire County Council’. Send the payment to Nottinghamshire County Council, Libraries, Archives and Information, 4th Floor, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP.

To see theexhibition online visit http://cms.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/home/leisure/archives/exhibitions/wheelsoffortune.htm.

The picture above was taken during the London 1948 Games.

This image shows Reg Harris OBE (the cyclist at the far left) as part of the Great British team riding a Raleigh dual tandem with a colleague and the pair went on to lift a Silver medal at those Games.

 

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