It's 9th June 1962 and crowds are out in force in Felixstowe, Suffolk to witness the start of the sporting spectacle of the Tour of East Anglia. Anglia TV News cameras follow the race and are in Felixstowe again on Monday 11th June to capture some final sprints for the line. Albert Hitchens from Mirfield Yorkshire, racing for Falcons Cycles, was overall winner, winning two of the three stages.
The Tour of East Anglia attracted amateur cyclists from all over the UK. The first leg started on Saturday morning from Felixstowe up the coast to Gt Yarmouth. Sunday saw them travel west to Cambridge and then, the third and final leg took them back to Felixstowe - a 350-mile round trip. Albert Hitchens actually won two stages of the race and was followed up by Doug Collins riding for Condor Mackeson and, in 3rd place, Pete Ryalls for Viking Cycles.
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