Queensbury cycle rides mark 150th anniversary

A family cycle ride kicked off events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queensbury.

Members of Cycle Queensbury which organised the event were staggered that around 300 people took part.

Family cycle ride along Great Northern Trail, from Station Road, Queensbury.

Family cycle ride along Great Northern Trail, from Station Road, Queensbury.

Cyclists had the option of a traffic-free three mile return trip along the disused Great Northern Railway Trail or a five mile return trip on country roads with a 380ft ascent to Keelham Farm Shop.

The farm shop provided refreshments and donated a raffle prize and children taking part received a medal.

Cycle Queensbury provided ride leaders to escort families and individuals on the rides, and a team of marshalls.

Spokesman David Dodwell said: “We are trying to get people cycling and these are lovely scenic routes.

“People have been given a taste of what they can see if they cycle.

“It has been absolutely brilliant and exceeded all expectations and been a really good community event.”

Police attended to carry out free security marking of bicycles and offered road safety and crime prevention advice.

Cycle Queensbury hope to build on the success of the event by organising regular weekend rides.

It earlier appealed for unwanted bicycles and has built up a fleet to loan out for such events.

Other events to mark the 150 years since Queensbury changed its name from Queenshead include:

May 26; Fancy dress family fun day, Queensbury Conservative Club

June 13: Top of the World – Black Dyke Mills.

June 13 to 15: Exhibition of the History of Queensbury - Victoria Hall.

June 16: Annual band contest - Horsfall Stadium.

July 13: Bike parade, - Queensbury School.

July 14: 150th anniversary celebration service – Holy Trinity Church.

July 13 to 14: Scarcrow walk - Queensbury village.

July 13: Community picnic - Queensbury Upper School.

July 20: Three village walk - Great Northern Trail.

July 22: One week’s swimming for 150p - Victoria Hall.

August 25; 150th Anniversary fun day - George III, Chapel Street.

September 7: Queensbury fun day - Queensbury School.

September 14; Charity fashion show – Queensbury Conservative Club.

December 6; Christmas concert - Victoria Hall.