pete75 wrote: .. As a copper in Leeds I'd have thought you'd have been well aware of his activities.
Well, I wasn't.
As a member of the public, I first remember seeing him at York Rally in the late 1950s. He was just sitting quietly in the back of one of the trade stands in a marquee. The only noticeable thing was his brightly dyed hair. I cannot remember how I knew it was him - my dear old dad had probably ridden over with me. I must have posted before I took my family around 1980 to see the Milk Race near Stump Cross Caverns. There was a big mix-up over the timings and the race arrived much later than expected. By the time the sag wagon arrived - much later still - my family and JS were just about the only people still there. Both my young sons approached him to autograph their programmes and he made a bit of an issue about saying "please" but nothing more. I used to have an 8mm cine camera in those days and I took quite a bit of footage of the race but it never occurred to me to film him.
Around that time my elder son who was about six took up charity fun running and I remember there was one sponsored by Leads and Holbeck BS starting in Morley and JS was a last-minute star attraction.
He regularly used to hold court for some years on Thursday (?) afternoons in the Bridge Café in Otley which was a popular café for cyclists. I always used the outside seats - but only because I don't like to be a hanger-on. I've done the same elsewhere with other celebs.
I'd still be interested to know why his knighthood was repeatedly rejected. It's hard to imagine that the members of the relevant committee knew of his offending but decided not to tell Margaret Thatcher. Even harder to believe that they told her and were overruled. Perhaps the committee didn't like the bangles, baubles and beads hinted at by mikeymo.