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Cyclists celebrate West Ham heritage

PUBLISHED: 07:57 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 07:57 07 March 2017

Bike from Boleyn campaign members before setting off on their historic ride

Bike from Boleyn campaign members before setting off on their historic ride

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Scores of people celebrated West Ham United's history on Sunday morning.

Cllr Veronica Oakeshott (left) and other participants of the Bike from Boleyn ride approach the view point for the Thames Ironworks site, the birthplace of West Ham FC.Cllr Veronica Oakeshott (left) and other participants of the Bike from Boleyn ride approach the view point for the Thames Ironworks site, the birthplace of West Ham FC.

More than 20 members of the Bike from Boleyn community campaign endured 15 miles from the Bobby Moore statue to the new stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and back via the club historic routes.

The ride, which was co-organised by Newham Cyclists, gave residents and fans the chance to explore the club’s memorial park residence and its Thames Ironworks origins on the ride.

Cllr Veronica Oakeshott, who helps run the campaign, said: “Cycling is a brilliant way of getting to know where you live better - suddenly you realise that there are all sorts of interesting things on your doorstep.

“There were some young children that joined us, which was really nice.”

The group also stopped off at the Cody Dock Cafe for a bite to eat midway through the challenging cycle.

Hammers fan, Cecilia Welsh, said: “It was great to see where our club’s history started.

“I truly believe respecting and celebrating our past as a Club is part of succeeding in future.”

The next ride will be on Saturday, April, 22 from Boleyn to the West Ham United vs Everton match.

Participating residents will be able to enter a competition to win free tickets to see the match.

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