29 August 2015
Please could you kindly pass on this email to express my
heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the floral
tribute that was sent to my late husband's funeral, it was a
great comfort to all the family to receive the lovely wreath
in the De Laune colours and to know that Dennis was so well
thought of and remembered by De Laune, of which he was so
proud to be a member.
I'd particularly like to thank those who attended the
funeral last week and for the Obituary on the website - a
great tribute, thank you.
Thanks also to John and Barbara Pound for their floral
Sadly I don't have any of their email or postal addresses
to thank them personally so please could you send me their
contact details, or indeed forward this email to those
Dennis Tarr - 21st May 1938 to 26th Dec 2010
Thanksgiving at South Moulton Cemetery At 3pm Thursday 6th
Dennis will be remembered as a respected International
South London rider with De Laune CC winning the 1956 – NCU junior Road Race.
1958 - London Battle and Back win finishing at Herne
Hill track - Prize presented by Fausto Coppi and offered contract with pro
1958 Meeting of Champions – Dennis in Derney paced
race. Plus many wins on the track at Herne Hill riding Madison with Alan
Dennis won many Road races – photo above Den Tarr leading , stringing out
the field followed by Ken Natham, John Pound and Alan Jackson, Brian
Dennis rode for the RAF – Combined services team in the
Isle of Man 1960. Plus the Tour of Britain, Peace Race, Tour of Germany and
winning in Sweden.
1961 Tour of Britain stage
win stage 10 Skegness into Scarborough
Presentation of winners sash with tiller girls, drinking milk
Chas Messenger’s book recalls
the stage 10 of the Tour of Britain as 138 miles and Met office forecast a
15 mph head wind.
An early escape after
leaving Skegness included Kowalskie of Poland, Gorge Bamford, Vimer, Ken
Hill, Trussel, Law and Pete Ward got through the level crossing at Brigg
together with the bunch at 50 secs. Only to be stopped at Gunners Bridge by
police who were stopping everything looking for escaped prisoners from
Lincoln Jail. Kowalski persisted in attacking until the Crowle bridge swung
open to halt the race again.
At Goole, Kowalskie went
again joined by Domanski, Surminski, Echevarria, Den Tarr, Malton, and
Bennet for company. By Market Weighton the lead was 6 mins over the field
and 2 mins on a chasing group of Uribezubia, Bill Segger, Pacha, Malten,
Bednarczyk and hero Kowalski who had been dropped from the leading group.
Over the lumps and bumps the
leaders wre caught by the chasing group as they climb Langgtoft. Riders get
tailed off with a front group to form 8 riders with the bunch at 8 mins.
They hurry over Foxholes and screaming down towards the finish Den Tarr
pulling one out of the bag to win from Echevarria, Domanski 3rd
and Uribezubia 4th . The bunch at 8 mins.
Dennis raced again age 56 and won many LVRC and TLI events plus a UCI silver
and bronze Master’s track medal at Manchester Velodrome.
Still winning at 58 LVRC at Henly in Arden circuit – Below at 57 winning at Towcester
Dennis Tarr 1960