‘Celebration of Life’ for David Duffield.

The following is an account by our President, Tony Hadland who, with his wife Rosemary, attended David Duffield’s ‘Celebration of Life’ event on Friday 20th May, 2016.

“Rosemary and I attended the memorial event celebrating the life of David Duffield on what would have been his 85th birthday. It took place at the Bath Mill Lodge Retreat and was attended by more than 100 people, including many members of the Pickwick Bicycle Club and the Centenary Club. The guests were greeted by David's widow Jackie, to whom he was married for 53 years.

Moulton folk attending included Gillian Marston, Shaun and Trudy Moulton (who have just moved to Cornwall), Daved Sanders, Keith Hales and Dan Farrell.

There was an interesting display of photos and documents relating to David's cycling achievements. A nice touch was that the handrails of the long and winding pathway leading to the reception room were decorated with David's press passes for the many races he commentated on over the years.

Five guest speakers gave their reminiscences of David. They included Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby, racing cyclist and framebuilder Brian Rourke and John Macnaughtan. John, now co-owner of Pashley and the man in charge at Moulton Bicycle Company, recalled how he and David had together introduced the Raleigh brand in Australia.

It was a poignant but enjoyable celebration of a remarkable man who, towards the end of his career, was the victim of a most disgraceful campaign by an ignorant clique of jealous cycling journalists, none of whom had achieved a fifth of what David did. Rosemary and I were proud to have known him for a mere 35 of his nearly 85 years.

The party ended on an appropriately upbeat note with everyone singing happy birthday to David.”

Pictures by Tony Hadland.

Listening to the reminiscences

Listening to the reminiscences.

Shaun Moulton is in the foreground to the left and Daved Sanders to the right

Jackie Duffield (centre) chats to old friends

Jackie Duffield (centre) chats to old friends

Carlton Kirby (2nd from left) and John Macnaughtan (centre)

Carlton Kirby (2nd from left) and John Macnaughtan (centre)

Colecting up David's press passes

Collecting up David's press passes.


David Duffield ~ ‘Celebration of Life’

As reported in ‘The Moultoneer’ No.111, David Duffield who was Moulton Bicycle Limited’s first Marketing Manager died on the 21st of February 2016 at the age of 84. His funeral took place soon after his death as a private, quiet event.

There will be a ‘Celebration of Life’ for him on Friday 20th May 2016 at the Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, Newton Road, Bath, Somerset, BA2 9JF, Tel:  (01225) 333909 from 14:00 to 16:30. Tea and coffee will be available but there will be no food.

If you are relying on a Satnav, enter ‘BA2 9JF’. If you do not have the aid of a Satnav, take the slip road to leave the A4 (Bristol Road) and come off the roundabout down Pennyquick past ‘The Globe’ Public House heading for Newton St Loe. Head along the road for approximately 1.1 miles and you will see the sign posts to take a left turn for Bath Mill Lodge Retreat.

Change of Editor for ‘The Moultoneer’.

The Moultoneer that has just been distributed, has been Matt Dunn’s last edition. He took over the role back in Autumn 2012 and initiated a greater use of colour into the body of the magazine. Well done Matt and Thank You for all your hard work.

Tom Esslemont, who edited the magazine from 2008 to 2012, has returned for more!

Welcome Back Tom. We look forward to your next Moultoneer.

2016 Events


Dates for your diary!

The 2016 Moulton Memorial Meet will be held at the Hall, Holt Road, Bradford on Avon, in the courtyard outside the factory on April 9th 2016. The event will start at 10am.

There's no charge to enter the Moulton Memorial Meet, and there will be cake and drinks! Moulton Preservation, Moulton Regalia and the Moulton Bicycle Company will all have stands.

We are also delighted to confirm that this year's BoA MBC Annual Meet will be the weekend of September 9th, 10th & 11th, also at the Hall. We'll keep you updated as planning progresses.

For any further enquiries, please contact our Chairman on aynsley@aynsleybrown.com.

The Life and Works of Alex Moulton

We were pleased to attend this seminar, "The Life and Works of Alex Moulton", in March 2015.

Alex Moulton reinvented the bicycle as the Moulton Bicycle in 1962, designed and produced numerous vehicle suspension systems, including the patented Hydrolastic and Hydragas systems which were fitted to British Leyland/Rover vehicles over a period of 40 years, and contributed the unique rubber-cone suspension to Alec Issigonis's Mini (1959-2000).

Dr Alex Moulton 90th Present from road.cc

A Royal Designer for Industry, member of the Fellowship of Engineering and Doctor of the Royal College of Art, Moulton was celebrated during his lifetime and his legacy continues today in the continuing work of the Moulton Bicycle Company, and in his influence on young engineers and designers.

The seminar included presentations and a panel discussion involving prominent figures from the field of design. Guest speakers included Sir Christopher Frayling (an educationalist, writer, and former Rector of the Royal College of Art and Chairman of Arts Council England) and Sebastian Conran (designer and member of the outstanding Conran family of designers and design writers). The event put Moulton’s achievements into context and discussed the future of design and invention in the UK.