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Dalmeny Place at the junction with Kirkstall Road, Young Man on a Scooter

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Dalmeny Place at the junction with Kirkstall Road, Young Man on a Scooter
Description:
1969. Image shows a young man riding a scooter, about to pull out of Dalmeny Place into Kirkstall Road. He is likely to have just visited Lens of Leeds Scooter Shop, which can be seen at the junction, at number 255 Kirkstall Road. Italian manufactured scooters, like Lambrettas and Vespas, were part of a popular youth subculture in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Scooters were often customised by their owners and shops like Lens were on hand to to advise and provide accessories. The spare helmet has the letters "R.L.S.C." on the visor indicating that the owner was a member of the Red Lion Scooter Club (named after the Leeds pub which was a meeting place.) The view of Kirkstall Road is looking in the direction of Horsforth, away from the city centre. The bike in view is a 1964 Lambretta, probable model is a 3 TV (GT) 200. .

User Comments:

Name:
Joe

Comment:
Was Lens Scooters originally Facers Pawnbrokers shop?

Date:
30-Sep-2012

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Looks more like an SX model to me.

Date:
01-Oct-2012

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madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Brenda Scott nee Johnson

Comment:
Joe - yes, Facers was replaced by Len's probably around the time this photo was taken. I can remember Facer's previously being a shop which stocked rolls of linoleum and carpet but I can't remember the name...that was in the late '50's, early '60's.

Date:
06-Oct-2012

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Name:
Derek Tunnington

Comment:
Wonderful to recall my Scootering days! I owned a Lambretta LD 125 from 1954 to 1957. Despite the small size I went to France and Switzerland twice and all over England and Scotland . In S.Africa in 1958-9 I travelled widely in Natal and did a trip to Welcome, Johannes burg and back.(Li150) Those were the times. (Bit beyond it now)

Date:
12-Oct-2012

Email:
derektunnington@gmail.com

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Name:
G Denton

Comment:
This is a TV 200 GT Lambretta

Date:
16-Oct-2012

Email:
garrylufc@gmail.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
I too had a "TV Lambretta" in the late 1950's/early 1960's. The scooter shown here is definitely a Lambretta, but with all the 'gubbins' covering it, I am unable to confirm the model. With a passenger on board, I too travelled Europe, - France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, including all the mountain ranges - Alps, Dolomites, Massif Central. They were great little "two-stroke work-horses", although there were times when I wished that I had bought a Vincent 1000.

Date:
27-Oct-2013

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
The pawnbroker was my fathers uncle, Thomas William Facer. He had at one time two shops on Kirkstall Road, one on Tong Road and one on Whitehall Road.

Date:
01-Apr-2014

Email:
rondavies66@gmail.com

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