Wednesday, 4 December 2013


The ring of a bell, the rattle of a chain and deer stalker on head, Sherlock Holmes? Who could this be, out on their bicycle this fresh and windy morning in Whitstable in 1988?

Peter Cushing loved his bike and locals loved to see him out and about town on it. He purchased it from the Herberts Bicycle shop in Whitstable. (see photo)  After he retired this was Cushing's main mode of transport for getting around town and his trips to the Tudor Tea rooms for his lunch. Often spotted, he whisked around the alleyways and streets of the town, only giving up his bike when he had a nasty fall in the Whitstable High Street trying to avoid a dog in the road. This resulted in a broken hip. It happened on the same day as Cushing was given the news of his O.B.E from The Queen! A day of mixed blessings indeed.. 

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