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Sad news from Station Road

End of the road for Ralph Colman Cycles

Walking along Station Road last week on my way to a valuation, I paused to have a look at the latest models on display in the window of Ralph Colman Cycles and was more than a little dismayed to see the window was bare with the exception of a note advising the business had ceased trading with receivers apparently instructed.

All too many shops are shutting their doors for the last time right now which is always a trauma for all concerned but this one hit me hard too.

Upon my family’s return to England from Canada in 1958, one of my mothers first priorities was to fix her  young son up with a new bike and there was no prouder 5 year old boy in town than me when I rode out of Ralph Colman’s door on a brand new bright red tricycle.

During the 60 years which have passed all too quickly since, I have continued as a regular customer buying any number of the latest models from the shop, for myself and my children, culminating in me collecting a brand new 15 gear Orbea mountain bike just 3 months ago.

Wheeling it through the door that day, I felt as proud and excited as I had all those years before, eagerly anticipating my forthcoming journeys up hill and down dale, in and around the Vale of Taunton.

Little did I know the end of the road was nigh for this popular shop with its ever friendly and helpful sales team. I’m really sorry for those guys, they did a great job for many thousands of wheelers since Ralph established the business nearly 100 years ago in 1925.

Fortunately though, it’s not all over for me. The fine mountain bike purchased from them back in March is sure to do me proud on the many rides I will embark upon. They will be all the more special with the fond memories I will carry of the place and people who provided it.

By Chris Willey

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