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Haswell Memorial StoneThe Haswell Memorial Stone

Although Tom Simpson started his cycling career in Harworth with the Harworth and District Cycling Club, he only moved to the North Nottinghamshire town with his family aged 11. He was born in Haswell in County Durham, which until recently had no official recognition of the fact, apart from a signpost on a nearby cycle trail.

That inspired Tom’s niece, Judith Walton, whose mother Jenny was older than the three Simpson children who moved south to Harworth and chose to remain in the north-east. Judith galvanized local action and with the help of Frank Lillystone from Dunhouse Quarry, the County Council, the Haswell Historical Society and Paul Levitt of the Hezewell Centre a stone commemorating Tom’s birth and successes has now been placed outside the Hezewell Centre in Haswell.

It’s there now for all to see, but it will be officially unveiled in July 2017, just before the 50th anniversary of Tom’s death on Mont Ventoux, in a very special ceremony. We’ve secured the help of a very famous British cyclist to do the unveiling, details will be announced in due course.

Location: The Hezewell Centre, Windsor Road, Haswell, County Durham, DH6 2DY