I was born on the 20th of January 1938 at
Manygates hospital at Sandall, Wakefield,
West Riding of Yorkshire. I was
christened Melvin Douglas Shaw.
My Father was Douglas Shaw
of Royston and my mother was Nora
Kathleen Brocklesby of
Wakefield. I have a brother called
Trevor and a sister called Elaine.
My family tree is made up of the Shaw
family (Staveley, Derbyshire), the Brocklesby
families (North East Lincolnshire -
dating back to the 1600s), the Little
family (Carlisle, Borders - back to the
1700s) and the Blackburn
family (Royston, Barnsley).
I went to school at Royston National
School (which is now no longer there) and
then Royston Secondary Modern (now called
Royston High School).
1951 I went on a school holiday
to Keswick in the Lake District. Also in
1951 I was a runner up in Barnsley
Schools' Boxing Association's Annual
Tournament. In the 6st 10lbs - 7st 3lbs
(13-14 years) category
In the late 1950s and early 1960s I
cycled toured around Europe with Brenda
Machen. The countries we visited
included France, Germany, Switzerland,
Italy and Spain.
1963 Married Brenda
Machen at Carlton Church.
I left school and started work as an
apprentice motor mechanic at T. Lomas
auto engineers at Shafton garage. At 17 I
became a miner. Pits that I have worked
at include Wharncliffe Woodmoor 1,2 and
3, South Kirby. I then worked at Geoffrey
Diamonds and Greens foundry in Wakefield
before returning the mines at
Newmillerdam Colliery. I left the mining
industry and worked at Subaseal. My last
place of employment was for BXL (a
plastic bag manufacturer) at Darton.
1973 I was placed 6th in the British
promoted by the Road
Time Trials Council
with an average speed of 24.408mph (over
50, 100 and 12 hours cycling).
1998 Completed the Land's End to
John o'Groats cycle ride with my wife
2003 Brenda and I celebrated our
Ruby Wedding Anniversary. Which we held
at Royston Methodist Church, Barnsley,
2008 I have four children: Julie,
and David. I have two
grand-children: Daisy Jean
and Albert Freddie who
are the daughter and son of Adrian
and his partner Sarah.