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Hugh Porter Interview
A tough training regime for a cycling world champion. Although it helps that he goes home to a fellow Olympian.
Non-Fiction 1970 6 mins
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Sports reporter Simon Smith drops in to see the Wolverhampton-based track cyclist Hugh Porter, who is deep in training for the 1970 World Championships, due to be held in the UK for the first time since 1904. We also get a glimpse into Porter's home life as we meet his wife, the swimming champion Anita Lonsbrough, seen pegging out his washing - a far cry from her 1960 Olympic swimming gold medal.
Hugh Porter was successful in the World Championships that year winning his third World Pursuit title. He later made the move into commentary, becoming the voice of both British swimming and cycling.
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Current affairs 1978 9 mins Location: West Bromwich
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News 1979 5 mins Location: Wolverhampton
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Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
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Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
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Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
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Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
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