This is going to be the last tour of Charlie and his wife Peggy on this website, so please make the most of it. Taken from pages I have scanned in his photo album, written up in white ink, it is a masterpiece of text and black and white photography and a history lesson for us all. He has also invested in a better camera I think, compared to the one he used to illustrate his Norwegian tour in 1938.
This tour starting below is of the Cotswolds during a tandem tour with his wife in the summer of 1941. (I didn’t know people actually got holidays during the war!). Enjoy. The title below is very faint, but reads ‘Awheel in Medieval England’
Standing on the left, is Charlie, centre is Tom Idle and I cannot decide whether the rather more portly gentleman to the right is a cyclist or a gamekeeper !! This pic taken at Ullswater at Whitsun in 1928. The uncaptioned rower is almost certainly Charlie as he never could resist going for a row! One last great photo of Tom and Charlie taken in Chee Dale Derbyshire in 1928. And this is the end of this particular photo album.
When Charlie stuck this sepia photograph in his album, he used the word ‘Significant ?’ Why ?. Well, Margaret is definitely smiling. But neither of them could have known that seven years later they were to marry in 1936. But there must have been an attraction, even then. Incidentally by the time they married Margaret had acquired the nickname of Jo, as Charlie in all his writings refers to her as Jo.