Memorial to be held for off-road motorbiking fan Harry Holmes-Bradley from Timble

Ilkley Gazette: Harry Holmes-Bradley's book on The Scott Trial Harry Holmes-Bradley's book on The Scott Trial

An off-road motorcycling devotee and author from the Washburn Valley has died at the age of 86.

Harry Holmes-Bradley, who came from a farming family at Timble and was a delivery driver for Silver Cross prams before a long spell with Greenwoods menswear, passed away on Monday, January 20, at a care home in Hornsea.

His funeral service will be held at Hornsea Methodist Church at 10am on Monday, February 3, and will be followed by a private cremation at Rawdon Crematorium.

His ashes will be spread where the ashes of his late son, Andrew, were scattered.

A memorial service for Mr Bradley, who wrote the best-selling book The Scott Trial about the famous motorcycling challenge, will also be held at Norwood Chapel, Norwood Edge, on Sunday, February 16 – the date he would have turned 87. The service begins at 2.30pm and is open to all.

Mr Bradley was the father of six boys – Andrew, Stephen, Brian, Trevor, Ian and Mike – and had six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

His sons, Ian and Stephen, and grandson, Joe, all share his love of trialling, and Mr Bradley was particularly proud of Joe for entering the Scottish Six Days Trial five times – and finishing each one.

Joe has also competed in the Scott Trial that his grandfather wrote about in his popular book, first printed in 1994, which documents the history of the trial (pictured).

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