Of the death of Norman Fay Snr over the weekend in a terrible road accident. He was just 72 so it's come as a real shock.
Norman had a well deserved reputation for fine craftsmanship and engineering, and had an infectious love of all things cycling. His bikes have been many people's introduction to cycling and his experimentation with different cycle forms appealed to hard core enthusiasts and occasional riders alike. I've been the lucky owner of a couple of his bikes, one of which I bought when I was 18 and I still have but is sadly gathering dust in the hut.
Both Norman and his late wife Marion were both founding members of South Tyneside Friends of the Earth.
Whilst he died relatively young in modern terms, his continued cycling proved that you're never to old to get on your bike. Maybe it's time I dusted off mine.
A true local hero.
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