Ike’s centenary celebrations

Isaac (Ike) Delbridge from Hemsworth is turning 100 - he was once a a champion racing cyclist. ''LOCATION: South Kirkby Miners Welfare Club, Stockingate, South Kirkby
Isaac (Ike) Delbridge from Hemsworth is turning 100 - he was once a a champion racing cyclist. ''LOCATION: South Kirkby Miners Welfare Club, Stockingate, South Kirkby
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Former Yorkshire pro-cycling champion Isaac ‘Ike’ Delbridge was treated to a surprise party to mark his 100 birthday on Friday

Mr Delbridge, of Morvern Meadows, Hemsworth, celebrated his centenary with 30 friends, neighbours and family at the South Kirkby Miners’ Welfare Club.

Mr Delbridge began cycling at the age of 14 and started competing in track races when he was 17.

His only remaining relative, nephew Michael Fowler organised the party with his wife Louise.

Mr Fowler, 78, said: “It was a top notch day. Ike was definitely surprised.

“He was a bit overwhelmed but he hasn’t stopped talking about the party .

“A lot of the people who came were friends he’s made through cycling.

“People from cycling organisations come to speak to him about his cycling days.”

In 1939, Mr Delbridge went up against UK cycling hero and Olympic silver medallist Reg Harris in Coventry.

Mr Delbridge was chairman of the British Cycling Federation from 1945 to 1982 and is now a life member.

He retired from cycling in 1958 when he was 45.

The former blacksmith spent the Second World War in Yorkshire.

He said: “When they were conscripting men for the war I decided I wanted to go into the air force because I’d always liked the idea of flying.

“Because I was a blacksmith they thought I would be more useful at home and I spent my war years in Wakefield building tanks.

“It probably saved my life.”