Search

Fakenham 50 festival celebrates town’s proud cycling history

PUBLISHED: 20:06 27 August 2017

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Matthew Usher Photography

A penny farthing on the Fakenham town sign commemorates inventor John Garrood, whose work 150 years ago continues to have a positive impact on cycling.

John Garrood John Garrood

Yet many people in the town are completely unaware of Fakenham’s proud cycling history.

A festival celebrating that history was held for the fifth year on Sunday.

The Fakenham 50 saw around 300 cyclists riding between 15 and 100 miles in the Norfolk countryside.

The event concluded the annual Get Active in Fakenham Week, which saw dozens of events, based on sports, arts and wellbeing held in the town over nine days.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Mr Garrood invented tubular metal forks and made grips for pedals at his cycle works in Wells Road, Fakenham. These are still used today to make cycling easier and more efficient.

Do you have a Fakenham story? E mail adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk. Scenes from the 2017 Fakenham 50 cycle ride around North Norfolk.

Other news

Yesterday, 17:59

A stately home owner who removed plants, trees and shrubs from the garden of his 80-year-old tenant was entitled to do so, a court has heard.

Yesterday, 15:45

They have been around for over 160 years but are Christmas cards on the way out?

Yesterday, 14:43

An 80-year-old’s garden was left looking like a “bomb site” after the owner of a Norfolk stately home allegedly destroyed trees, shrubs and plants to the value of more than £3,500, a court heard.

Yesterday, 13:22

More than 350 people have been arrested in the last year thanks to Norfolk Constabulary’s campaign targeting drug dealing in the county.

Most Read

Tue, 17:29

A topping out ceremony in Wells has heralded an important milestone in the multi-million pound renovation of its arts and heritage centre.

Read more
Heritage Lottery Fund

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 3°C

min temp: -1°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter