On Saturday 9th January, Beaumont Bicycle launches with about 100 friends and family in support at Bishop's Castle Town Hall.
I also said, "everything I've learnt and everyone I have met has brought me to this point". I thanked key people who helped me along the way and I explained how unique my skill set is having done my time repairing bicycles, building wheels, advising customers and taking time out to train and work as an Occupational Therapist over the last 30 years.
I understand why people love cycling and I know how to ask the right questions and make the correct adjustments to keep people in tune with their bikes especially if one's body is not as comfortable on two wheels as it used to be.
Trevor Jarvis of TJ Cycles (far right, but not politically I hasten to add) and home of the Flying Gate - has asked me to be one of his frame builders. This is a huge honour as this classic marque is highly revered across the world with a very unique following of people who adore its heritage. Trevor was there on the night to explain how our paths crossed and how exciting it is to have someone with my skills on board - as it's not just about the building, it's about the community that develops as a result of getting to know your customer.
Poet and dear friend Bernie Cullen from York opened the launch with a poem written especially 'Bicycle Christening'. My sister Caroline came all the way over from France to sing 'Summertime', but with her new lyrics; "Beaumont bikes...and the pedaling is easy". Bishop's Castle's very own 'Men from Off' sang a rousing version of their hit 'Route 44' and my website designer and photographer Jonny Keeley sang and played some of his acoustic set.
What a night! Val, Julie and Anne on the bar were the hostesses with the mostess.
Thank you all for making it a night to remember.