Smiths fans get on their bikes for charity


An Edinburgh man is among a gaggle of music fans taking on a charity bike trek in Manchester to raise funds for a local youth club.

As an avid fan of The Smiths, Gary Betts will join 50 other enthusiasts to raise cash for the Salford Lad’s Club, which was made famous when it featured on the cover of the band’s classic album The Queen Is Dead.

He said: “It’s only a 16-mile course, but it takes in many of the buildings that are featured in The Smiths videos.”

The idea of a bike ride was actually inspired by the Smiths video for Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before, which sees lead singer Morrissey leading a gang of look-alike cyclists around Manchester and Salford.

The cash raised will go towards refurbishing the youth club, after roof lead was stolen.

Organiser Ruth Martin said: “It’s weird because they were lifting the lead of the roof of the Holy Name Church in the song Vicar In A Tutu, and now that’s what has happened to the lads club.”

The bike ride takes place on Sunday September 30.


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