Horwich Cycling Club’s history in photographs now digitally available

For, photos documenting Horwich Cycling Club’s (HCC) near-90-12 months record have been digitalised in a undertaking carried out by Tom Maher, a self-confessed biking addict and member of the club – which was started in 1934.

He has re-organised HCC’s selection of black and white, paper, and color photographs so they can be preserved and shared digitally.

Tom, 43, moved to the region in 2009 and has given that turn into the custodian of the archive which have been at first retained in ring binders, as perfectly as free and pictures glued onto paper backgrounds.

The Bolton News: Tom has immortalised the club's historyTom has immortalised the club’s historical past (Impression: Horwich Biking Club)

He claimed: “I imagined it could only acquire a house hearth, a flood, or a very little carelessness this kind of as anyone transferring on and taking the photos with them that the long record would be missing.

“We required to hold the photographs for long term generations and club members previous and present.

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“Today, we have people using modern-day highway bikes, cyclo-cross bikes, mountain bikes, time demo bikes, hybrids, and e-bikes. In the previous we have photographs of members on more mature highway bikes, but also on the well-known Penny Farthings, as properly as tricycles and tandems.

“We have photographs of associates putting on bow ties and satisfies when using and even some sporting prime hats – it was a very diverse world and has get rid of a major gentle onto how the activity has adjusted so a great deal.”

The Bolton News: Penny FarthingPenny Farthing (Graphic: Horwich Cycling Club)

The pictures depict a number of vital times in the heritage of the club and the city.

They illustrate the club’s annually pageant of racing, when the town centre was shut off, and a series of racing around a weekend in June, that includes the Penny Farthings and recumbents.

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Tom, who grew to become hooked on the activity just after acquiring a mountain bike for his 12th birthday, claims that digitalising the history of the club has secured a important safety internet for its past, as very well as its upcoming.

He utilized the online photograph scanning service ReLOVE to do so.

The Bolton News: Many of the town's biggest events have been capturedNumerous of the town’s greatest functions have been captured (Graphic: Horwich Cycling Club)

“I located reLOVE Pictures and spoke to the proprietor about what we experienced and what we required,” he included.

“They were ready to do the unfastened photos as properly as the albums and individuals caught on paper backgrounds with descriptions of the distinct celebration.”

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Tom packed all the pictures into box and the organization did the relaxation.

The photographs can be shared with selected family members and good friends all above the environment through a digital folder with a connection to the place all the pictures are saved.

All the shots and additional information can be identified at www.relovephotos.com/post/historic-biking-club-preserves-its-archive-to-illustrate-the-modifying-experience-of-the-sport.

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