Alan (The Banker) Barclay

Tribute October 2011.

Alan Barclay was a fellow rallyist with whom we shared similar motorcycle experiences across the years.

The Chinese/Indonesian meal for six at the 1975 Tamar Rally

Incriminating photos at the Dog Diggers Rally.

Alan was a chef in the army for eleven years and then settled in Chadderton, Oldham where he worked at Armstrongs rubber factory for 28 years.

Alan was married to Harriet in 1982. He enjoyed working in his kitchen where he would bake birthday cakes for the family - Miss Piggy, a toadstool and a rag doll to name a few - all very tasty.

Alan also loved the many stray cats he adopted over the years. He had a dry sense of humour reflected by his collection of Red Dwarf, M.A.S.H. and Dads Army DVDs.

Of course, Alan's great love was for bikes and this was his main interest from a very young age. His range of bikes over the years included Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Honda.


The Banker is obvious. He wasn't called The Banker because his middle name was Lloyd.

Left to right - Graham & Elaine Butler, Dave Wood, Steve Giddens, Albert Giddens, George Perrin, Angela Wood, Christine Beaumont, Les Hobbs, Sid Beaumont, Heather MacGregor, Ted Trett, Len Tempest, Roy Watkinson, Ronnie Burgess, Marita Tempest.

A message from Alan ...

Start of quotation Miss me, but let me go when I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me.
I want no tears in a gloom filled room, why cry for a soul set free? End of quotation