Beloved bike stolen from pensioner in Stevenage

A CYCLIST who rode from Land s End to John O Groats when she was 80 has had her beloved bike stolen. Nora Farmer, 86, of Fishers Green in Stevenage, had chained her bike to a handrail outside Sainsbury s at Corey s Mill in the town and gone shopping when

A CYCLIST who rode from Land's End to John O'Groats when she was 80 has had her beloved bike stolen.

Nora Farmer, 86, of Fishers Green in Stevenage, had chained her bike to a handrail outside Sainsbury's at Corey's Mill in the town and gone shopping when the bike was taken.

"A friend, Arthur, who is now 96, gave it to me about 10 to 15 years ago," she explained. "It was one he had put together for his daughter-in-law but when she tried it she didn't like it. I tried it and fell in love with it and I didn't want to get off."

So much so, that when she was 80 she decided to cycle from Land's End to Stevenage and then from Stevenage to John O'Groats. "It was such a lovely thing to do," she said.

"I got on that bike and I felt like I was flying. It seemed to like to be with me, and together we could climb mountains."

Laughing, she said: "I gave up driving because I kept falling asleep, but I don't fall asleep on my bike!

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"I just rode it whenever I wanted to be outside. I would rather be on that bike than do anything else, and I was a regular person to see in the area. It's been such a joy and has made my retirement.

"I was absolutely devastated when someone took it. It's not worth anything to anybody except me."

Mrs Farmer, who has ridden a bike most of her life, still owns a shopping bike but said "its not one I can get on and fly".

The bike, which is made up of spare parts, is pale blue. It was stolen between 2pm and 2.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the bike, call the Herts Police non-emergency number: 0845 3300 222.

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