Tough tandem tourers’ Kintyre trip

Neil and Norma Brearley in Campbeltown on Sunday morning. 25_c24tandem01_neil_norma_brearley

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Sharp-eyed motorists may have spotted an evergreen pair of pensioners on a bicycle made for two.

Neil and Norma Brearley, rode from Grogport to Campbeltown last Saturday and planned to complete a Southend circle, on Sunday, including the Learside road.

The 77-year-old former members of the Cyclists Touring Club are weel kenned in Scottish riding circles, although no longer members of the club. Mrs Brearley was often spotted on her recumbent in central Scotland.

The couple had their 531 steel machine handmade to measure, in 1990, by renowned cycle builder George Longstaff.

After speaking to the Courier reporter for five minutes, Mrs Brearley, whose memory must be keen, said: ‘Do you remember photographing a Lhasa Apso dog in a special basket on a tandem, in about 2006, in Edinburgh.’

The reporter remembered the day and eventually recalled cycling with Mrs Brearley, on a number of commutes, when it was hard to keep up with her.

The Brearleys, from Penicuik in Midlothian, who move between locations in an ancient campervan, spent five days on Arran, last week, and circled the island both clockwise and anti-clockwise on their trusty steed.

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