Tributes to proud Yorkshireman Douglas

Keen cyclist...Douglas Gibson.
Keen cyclist...Douglas Gibson.

Tributes have been paid to a popular cyclist and grandfather who tragically died this year, as an auction is set to be held of his memorabilia.

Douglas Gibson, 78, died as a result of the serious injuries he sustained in a collision with a bus while riding his bicycle on Holme Road in Market Weighton.

The father-of-one and grandfather-of-two, who lived on Swales Drive in Market Weighton, was well known in the town and in the cycling world.

An auction is taking place at Woodmansey Village Hall on Sunday (8 November), which will feature a variety of cycling goods, including items that belonged to Douglas, such as bicycles, books and badges.

The former fell runner worked for British Aerospace as an inspector. He retired early and became a keen cyclist soon afterwards.

Pat Gibson, 76, said: “He loved cycling, not just riding bikes but fixing them as well. He had his own workshop. Cycling was his biggest passion. He also enjoyed walking and loved Yorkshire. He was a proud to be a Yorkshireman.

“He was well known in the cycling world. He was also well known in Market Weighton, as he was on his bike every day.”

Douglas used to live in North Newbald, and a lot of people knew him in the village.
Mrs Gibson added: “He would help anyone with anything. He was a kind and thoughtful person.”

“He died doing something he loved.”

Jim Railton, a friend of Douglas for more than 15 years, said: “He was a really lovely gent who was so helpful and I miss him a lot. He died when he was 78 but you’d have thought he was 58 with the way he cycled everyday.”

Sunday’s auction is being run by Haltemprice Auctions.