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Derek Ashworth
The section’s co-leader for many years, Derek Ashworth, has recently passed away. He was a real stalwart of the club, very enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable. He was well known to a good many club members. His funeral will be on Tuesday 12th September. Details of the funeral have been sent in from Frank Brzeski as follows.

Dear Friends of Derek,

Derek’s funeral is on Tuesday 12th September 2017. Derek’s daughters Belinda, Jenny, Ruth and Alison invite his friends from the EACC and NACC to the celebration of his life. It will start at 1pm at Birtwhistle’s Funeral Home, 365 Halliwell Road, Bolton,  BL1 8AP then go past ‘the pen’ where Derek kept his chickens etc (back Hatfield Road, BL1 3BL) on to Overdale West for 1:30pm Chorley New Road BL1 5BU.

After the celebration of Derek‘s life at Overdale there will be a wake at the Harmony Suite Last Drop Village, BL7 9PZ. It was Derek’s wish that those who can, please ride their machines as an escort. If you are transporting your machines please meet at the Last Drop car park. We will set of at 12:15 to Halliwell Road 4.5 miles, and then reform as an escort to Derek on to Overdale 2.5 miles. Group ride from Overdale to Last Drop 5.5 miles. Please feel free to meet at any point.

It would help if I could give Derek’s daughters an idea of numbers ASAP, for the escort and wake so if you could text me on 07742 067025  or email and let me know I will pass it on. Flowers from family only, and donations from friends to Christy’s Cancer Unit at Bolton. Full details to follow.

Thanks, Frank Brzeski

Section Meetings
Our Section meetings occur at The Farmers Arms, Chorley Road, Bispham near Parbold, L40 3SL. Having closed its doors on Boxing Day last year (2016), the Farmers is now open again. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month, 8pm start, so please come and join us, we welcome your support. For further information please contact Mike Hurst 01695 732492.

What We Get Up To … The Hangover Run! Sunday 15th January 2017

Photo: John Burgess (centre) capturing the spirit of the day!

A new year. An unpromising dawn in South West Lancashire – grey, mild, drizzly – depressing! Not the sort of day you would choose to go for a solo ride – but a day out with mates, now that’s different! NACC riders were joined on the Hangover Run by two random motorcyclists, one car driver (a cyclemotorist feigning incapacity) and riders from the Lancashire Slow Riders. All rode from the Briars Hall Hotel in Lathom to the Barons Sports and Social Club in Burscough to the VMCC gathering there.

We had a wide range of Club machines – from Joe’s Trojan Buzzing Bee Special (which prompted the now-customary lengthy question and answer session from the VMCC members) through John and George’s autocycles (Francis Barnett and Excelsior),  Mike H’s James light motorcycle, and Mike G’s Raleigh RM4. There was epicurean crusty hot pot courtesy of the VMCC at dinnertime, and a chinwag over coffee after the ride back at Lathom. An excellent day out with mates!

Peter Moore

The Ribble Valley Run 2014