Thursday, 28 July 2011
Guiseley: Playground of the famous
So I stopped dead in my tracks - not a difficult feat given the slow pace I was travelling at - to stare manically at my subject. He looked back blankly.
The mystery man I refer to may or may not have been Ian "Hutchy" Hutchinson, the Isle of Man TT motorbike legend who won all five races at last year's event. (You have heard of him. Come on, think).
He was wearing Yamaha leathers and, given I know for certain that he does live in Guiseley, it might well have been him. Or it might not. Next time I may go up and ask.
Anyway, my possible (or not) brush with stardom sent me off wondering if Hutchy is in fact Guiseley's most famous resident. So I checked on Wikipedia.
And it appears there are three - yes THREE - others vying for that title.
First is former Yorkshire and England cricket captain and all-round hardman Brian Close. (Trust me, he's dead famous. Even in India).