Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club  



Contributed by Michael Walker of Unison.

Ernest Sugden

Ernest Sugden started biking at the beginning of the 20th century and joined the Clarion Cycling Club in 1902, eventually forming a Halifax section and becoming national secretary of the organisation in 1935. He would hold this post for 33 years and became a very well known figure in the biking world. He was an innovator too, for he pioneered the idea of a side-car for pedal cycles, which caught on for a while.

He was also Councillor Ernest Sugden, a Labour member of the old Halifax Town Council, representing the Kingston ward for 17 years. And he was a musician – a picture in his family's archive shows him playing piano with a dance band at King Cross Working men's Club.

Ernest Sugden on piano

Ernest Sugden on piano

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