SATURDAY 15 JUNE at 11am, at St Michael’s Tower: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRED ARCHER – A GLOUCESTERSHIRE SPORTING HERO

Born in 1857, Fred Archer was once the most celebrated jockeys in England. At over 5 foot 8 inches, he was unusually tall for a jockey. Much of his life was spent on a near starvation diet, endless ‘purges’, and Turkish baths, all of which were eventually to have a disastrous affect on his health. This is a story of fame and death in true Victorian melodrama style. Fred Archer’s contribution to the sport of Kings left behind a lasting legacy.

The talk is given by Kevin George of the Gloucestershire Family History Society.

Tickets cost £2 and are available from the Tourist Information Centre and from St Michael’s Tower.

Click here for Fred Archer poster (pdf approx 150kb)