November 30th 2004.

Harry Wall, the founder of Morecambe-based motorcycle dealers Wall and Sagar passed away today, November 30th, in the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal. Harry was born in 1915 in Liverpool and grew up during the depressed 1930s. A keen motorcyclist, Harry did a succession of jobs prior to the outbreak of the Second World War and had started in business repairing bikes when the call-up papers arrived.

Enlisted into the Royal Tank Regiment, Harry became a mechanic and motor electrician and was duly promoted to corporal. Many are the exploits recorded by Harry during the war. Coming from a musical family, he was an accomplished accordion and guitar player and helped form a six-piece band that played regular gigs both in the UK and eventually occupied Germany.

On demob, Harry joined his wife and child who (having been bombed out of Liverpool) were living in Lancaster. He promptly started back were he had left off six years previously by repairing, buying and selling motorbikes from the yard at the side of the house. Six months later, he acquired a partner, Bill Sagar, and they took over premises at 129 St Leonardgate, and Wall and Sagar was formed. By 1949, the company was well established, and Harry took the plunge, entering the Clubman's TT on a self prepared Triumph. Harry raced in the Clubman's again the following year before gravitating to the Manx Grand Prix in 1951 racing an ex-factory AJS 7R. Harry was a founder member of the post-war re-formed North Lancs Motor Club and served for many years as President.

Business commitments curtailed Harry's racing as he concentrated on building the company, eventually expanding in 1962 to premises in North Road. An enthusiastic car driver, Harry was a huge fan of MG and owned every post-war model. He competed in the Scottish rally, Lands End trial and raced at Silverstone in the same car.

Harry retired from Wall and Sagar in 1981. The business continues to be run by his son Tony. Having moved to Cheshire, Harry became very involved with the classic and vintage bike movement. He was a regular exhibitor at many North West events and, apart from collecting awards for his restored bikes, was renowned as an expert with an encyclopaedic knowledge of pre-war marques.

Harry will be missed by many biking people all over the North West and especially by the family: son Tony, daughter Pat, grandchildren Chris, Suzanne, Andy, Sarah, and Alana plus great grandchildren James, Rebecca, Thomas, David, Emily and Imogen.

The funeral is on Monday December 13th at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium 2.45pm. Family flowers only please; donations to R.N.L.I. appreciated.