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Odd things often turn up when you are moving house, but what Mr
Odd things often turn up when you are moving house, but what Mr. Frank Clarke found in his cellar at Leamington must surely be one of the oddest. Hidden away amongst piles of derelict furniture covered in the dust and dirt of probably 70 years neglect he discovered an almost intact velocipede, a sort of mini-penny-farthing bicycle. " I should think it almost certainly belonged to my grandfather, " said Mr Clarke as he dusted down the ancient machine in the yard of his upholstery business at 17, Regent Street. " He was running the business here at the turn of the century and he must have put it away in the cellar and it had been there ever since." The handlebars and part of the brakes are missing and the saddle has been replaced with a more modern and comfortable type, but otherwise it is completely authentic. The front wheel even has the somewhat tattered remains of the original rubber tyre. It came to light as Mr Clarke was clearing out his cellar in preparation for a move to new business premises on the Sydenham Estate. There is no makers name on the machine and Mr Clarke has not yet had time to examine it closely enough to discover anything of its history, but he would like eventually to completely restore it. The county museum at Warwick said they were very interested in the find and would welcome the opportunity of having a close look at it. Our photograph shows Tony Bennett brushing away the cobwebs watched by Mr Clarke.
20th February 1973
Date Taken: 20th February 1973
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