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Gladys Vickers - (Article Date: 28 December 2012)

 

In memory of Gladys Vickers


  Chief marshal Roy Vickers lost his Wife Gladys last Saturday December 8th, to a heart attack. The funeral is on Wednesday 19 December at Aldershot Crematorium at 1:30pm. All welcome.


 


  Gladys was indomitable, she broke a leg falling over at Eartham many years ago. She was in hospital for a couple of weeks, then returned home. Within a week or so she was back marshalling sitting in a chair. She was irascible with anybody who dared criticise her beloved Southern Mx Club.


   On January 4th 1982 Southern Mx Club held its first meeting at Blackbushe Farm across the road from our present track at Elvetham Forest. A month later Roy Vickers and Gladys turned up and offered their services, which were greatly appreciated. They came every week in that first year, except for a few British championship rounds. They found like many others since, that the SMX 


Riders are a unique bunch. From September that year they only missed a couple of meetings each year, when they took a holiday in the Canaries. Roy soon became chief marshal and scrutineer,  jobs he still holds. Gladys would take down the numbers as Roy and his team scrutinised the bikes. She had her own podium at Horsham, directly behind Roy’s position at Leach’s leap.


 After 31 years extraordinary service to S M X, Gladys will leave a big hole at Southern Moto Cross meetings.