Death of Penny Ludgate

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Penny Ludgate (right) chatting at the SSDT to officials Fergus Gray (left) and George Ferguson (centre) – Photo: Heather Mead Photography, Dingwall

West Leeds Motor Club long term secretary and stalwart, Mrs. Penny Ludgate died suddenly on Sunday, 23rd October. She was on route to spectate at the Scott Trial on 22nd October and was taken ill suddenly. The cause is unknown at this time. Sincere condolences go out to the Ludgate family, in particular her sons Sam and Ben. Penny was widowed a few years ago when her husband Chris passed away and was Yorkshire Centre ACU past President and a regular observer at the Scottish Six Days Trial for over 25 years plus undertook many ACU stewarding duties at British Championships and National trials. This is a huge loss to the world of motorcycle trials.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat said: “Penny Ludgate was a true motorcycle sport enthusiast whose knowledge of the sport seemed endless. I first got to know her when I was SSDT Secretary in 2002 and we hit it off right from the word go. I had enormous respect for Penny and always enjoyed meeting her at events. I never interrupted Penny when she was talking, as I knew this was a person one could learn much from. The sport will be certainly poorer with her passing”.

Penny’s funeral will be Monday 14th November, 2016 at the Pontefract Crematorium at 10.20 am, leaving her home in Upton at 09.50am. Details of the wake to be confirmed. Donations to the ACU Benevolent Fund and the Injured Jockeys Fund.

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Penny Ludgate held office as President of the Yorkshire Centre ACU until 2015 – Photo: Barry Robinson

3 thoughts on “Death of Penny Ludgate

  1. God bless penny, only the other day she told me she was on a petrol stop doing the Richmond run . Rip elaine and Steve

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