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Dougie Lampkin Silsden ,Yorkshire

Dougie Lampkin, possessor of an MBE at 25, reckons that he lives in "the true capital" of England. Silsden, a small Yorkshire village on the outskirts of Keighley, is situated close to the sloping moorland and open country that has provided a training ground for the 11-times world motorcycle trials champion.

"This is a down-to-earth village, and I appreciate that," he said. "No one says anything when you win, no one rushes up spouting praise or anything, but if you lose they want to know what went wrong. They seem to know how I'm doing, but they don't always let on."

The dark, unsympathetic soil of Silsden breeds high-class sportsmen. Lampkin shares fame with Frankie Wainman, a world stock car champion, and Paul Newby, an England international in karate. "It's something in the water, but we're not letting on what it is," Lampkin smiled.

David Hopps

Article from Guardian Sport



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