THE NEW BMX COURSE OPENS AT THE BENT 1985.

THE NEW BMX COURSE OPENS AT THE BENT 1985.

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Hamilton’s BMX biking craze was raised to the level of a sport on the morning of Saturday the 4th May 1985 when the district council opened the towns very first BMX course for stunt and racing bikes.

The course was officially opened by Murray Tremble who was the chairman of the council leisure and recreation committee. The track was built at the Bent recreational grounds and on the day a specially organised event was put on to mark the occasion.

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The event was organised and sponsored by Hamilton round table and on the day four local primary schools and two secondary schools took part, with Woodhead Primary emerging victors following a handicap playoff against the secondary winners, Holy cross High.

The victorious Woodhead team consisted of primary 6 & 7 pupils who were, Alex Crawford, Colin Main, Gorgon Cotter, Alan Taylor & Derek Boslem.

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The round table handed over a trophy to the winners plus a £50 cheque for the school which has decided to donate half of the money to Yorkhill Hospital. The individual team members were also given book tokens.

The councils accident prevention committee handed out badges to all taking part and individual trophies for the different race section winners.

So in 1985, the Hamilton town council were keen to start a fully-fledged BMX club to ensure that the track was properly kept and properly used. Mr George Ralton who owned the Raleigh Cycle shop at 6 Avon Street offered to form a BMX club.

Were you at the opening of the brand-new BMX course on Saturday the 4th of May 1985? If you were, then we would love to hear from you. If you see any familiar faces in the pictures, then please tag and share.

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HAMILTON POSTMAN’S VALOUR.

WON DISTINCTION AT HOOGE. FOREMOST AMONG THE BOMBS.

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There seems now little doubt that the highest honour and distinction in the service has been won by Private Archibald McKendrick, a member the Bomb-Throwing Company of the 1st Gordon Highlanders.

Prior to his enlistment. Private McKendrick was postman attached to the Burnbank staff the Hamilton Post Office. Mr A. Whitehouse, the postmaster at Burnbank, has been interesting himself to secure verification of the heroism of his letter-carrier, and the advices which are to hand appear to completely remove all uncertainty.

There has been a sheaf of letters from McKendrick’s companions in arms, all of which state that the coveted V.C has been won by “Archie,” as is familiarly termed. The most convincing communication of the lot is from Private John Watt, C Company, 12th Platoon, 1st Gordon Highlanders, to the postmaster at Burnbank.

Private Watt states that McKendrick is in the hospital, but now, happily, out of danger. This disposes of the rumour that Hamilton’s gallant postman had crossed the Bourne from which no traveller returns as the result his heroic act.

McKendrick, it would seem, distinguished himself on the night of July 19 at Hooge, near Ypres. Many of the 1st Gordons covered themselves with glory in this engagement, for Private Watt mentions the names of others who are deserving of recognition.

“The officer in command of the bomb throwing company was Lieut. T. Barrie Erskine, whose death has been officially announced. McKendriek was foremost among the bombers, and went gallantly forward, although suffering intense pain from a wound caused a bomb bursting in his hand.

There is nothing surer,” observes Pte. Watt in his letter, than that Archie McKendrick is marked out for the V.C. was in the van on that memorable night.

“Private McKendrick enlisted with the colours soon after the commencement of hostilities, and he left for France January 2. His father resides in the Bent district of Hamilton.