Local History

Memories of Bates Bikes and Baking

With courtesy of Bill and Mavis Macdonald,  and yes, I have spelled their name correctly, I spent yesterday morning  avidly reading an auto-biography by Catherine Kennerly, who was born at Mount Pleasant, Goostrey in June 1934 , to Mr John Lynes Bates and Mrs Ruth Bates. Catherine went on to be affectionately known as Renie to family and friends in years to come. The significance of this post today, is that the book relates to her memories of growing up in our beautiful village, and her sixty-two years worth of happenings at the tea shop that was a hub of activity, after the demolition of an aged garage and petrol station.

After many months of hard graft on the project to set up the cafe, know as ‘The West-End Project’,Mr J.P Taylor a member of the cycling fanatics group The Manchester Wheelers, declared the cafe open on 12th February 1949. For many dacades the cafe went on to cater for many parched and hungry, whether cyclists, walkers or cake lovers.

Hence the book of Bates, Bakes and Cycling….




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    First visited Bates Cafe with Manchester Clarion when aged 15. Went their many times after and stayed overnight before riding 12 hour the following day.
    Always remember a very large portrait of a cyclist in the old time trialing dark jacket etc which greeted you as you entered the Cafe

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