Tributes paid to popular cyclist

Tributes paid to popular cyclist

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

A POPULAR cyclist from Southport who was well-known in the cycling community for his efforts to encourage others to get on their bikes, has passed away.

Duggie Heaven was an active member of the Dover Cycling Fellowship, based at Lydiate Parish Hall, where cycling clubs as far apart as Ribble Valley and St Helens would congregate.

He introduced many cyclists to the group and helped organise  a bike ride every Tuesday morning from Southport to Lydiate, which still continues today. He was also a member of the Rough Stuff Fellowship, an off-road cycling club. Duggie was also an Age Concern volunteer and he organised and led cycle rides for what is now known as ‘The Chain Gang’ for the over 50s from Dunes Splash World Leisure Centre.

He passed away earlier this month at the age of 78.

Duggie was described by his friends and family as “a kind and generous man who would do anything for everyone with much ‘bike-fixing’ on the rides and gentle encouragement. He would look after anyone new, always with a twinkle in his eyes.”

At his funeral on Monday, November 22, his cycling friends formed a guard of honour to accompany his coffin, for a final cycle ride, to the Southport Crematorium.

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