Tribute paid to Fothers

Allan Fothergill
Allan Fothergill

Allan Fothergill, the well-known trials rider and founder member of Guisborough and District Motorcycle Club, passed peacefully away at the age of 83.

Fothers, as he became affectionately known by many far and wide, as he was a well travelled man, had a love for motorcycles which began with his first purchase of a Francis Barnett, evolving into a lifelong passion.

After completing his National Service in the RAF, he arrived on the East Yorks trials scene making an instant impact.

Not because of any God given talent, although he developed into a very respectable rider on solo, sidecar – both daughter and son Lynne and Paul risking life and limb in the chair over the years – plus his true passion, Pre 65s, but for his boundless enthusiasm, sharp, quick wit and a total absence of ego.

Great company to be with, riding or socially, Fothers certainly mourned the passing of the era when a pint was the accepted norm after a trial.

His enthusiasm for riding and organising rubbed off on many he came into contact with and when settled in Guisborough, the inevitable meeting with fellow enthusiasts Trevor Buckworth and Alan Smith took place, becoming lifelong friends.

Trevor recalls a time when practicing.

“We stopped for a rest and out of the blue, Allan remarked ‘I think this centre could do with a motorcycle club totally dedicated to trials, nothing else? What do you think?’ From that spontaneous remark, Guisborough and District Motorcycle Club emerged in 1973.

“Simple as that.”

Over the years, Allan played many roles – committee man, secretary, chairman, but never happier than on a bike, plotting sections, or fettling in his rev shed.

In 1974, he inspired the birth of the two-day event which eventually evolved into the centre’s most popular event, the East Yorks Two-Day Trial.

Allan epitomised everything good in the sport of trials. His humour, sportsmanship and his insatiable appetite for life in general is a fitting epitaph to a man who will be greatly missed and will be remembered throughout the sport, and life, as an absolute gent.

But, most importantly and above all the aforementioned fitting tributes, Allan was a devoted husband to late wife Rose, loving father to Lynne and Paul and proud granddad to Thomas, Sarah, Louise, Eleanor and Michael.