As a child I watched my father ride his Raleigh Superbe and fell totally in love with it. I remember my father explaining that a good bicycle had hub gears, mudguards, a chain case and an upright riding position. In my early 20s I rode the Raleigh when at home visiting my parents and have very fond memories of late night rides home from the pub. A few years ago my Father gave the bicycle to his best friend, who for several years, rode it to and from work. For the last 6 years this beautiful machine has been left gathering dust in a workshop until my father’s friend decided to pass it on to me (thank you Alistair, I am immensely grateful). I have spent a good few hours cleaning and servicing it, bringing it back to a ridable state.
Last May my father died, it was very sudden and I am still in a profound state of shock. Riding his bicycle is a great comfort to me. It is a very special bicycle.
I have decided to add some music to each of my blog posts; and so dear readers, here is another 78rpm recording transferred using my HMV163 gramophone. It was one of my father’s favourite records and a song we enjoyed singing together.
Hat’s On The Side Of My Head – Jack Hulbert
Recorded in 1933 with the Ray Noble Band
PS if you are waiting for an email for the songbook link, I shall be getting up to date during the Christmas holidays.