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The struggling London Motorcycle Museum will close its doors for good on 7 October and some of its exhibits will be sold at the Stafford show auction on 19 October.

In May the museum celebrated 20 years of "sharing our rich and varied British motorcycle history and culture with visitors from around the globe".

In the past, the museum had twice appealed for help to pay its bills.

A spokesman said: "Our visitor books are full of enthusiastic comments and encouragement but sadly those do not pay the bills and we are now at a point where we are not able to continue. We would like wholeheartedly to thank all our dedicated volunteers over the years and everyone who has ever visited or expressed their support."

The museum was founded by dealer Bill Crosby and houses his private collection of about 200 motorcycles of historic interest.

When, in August 2018, Crosby retired after 60 years in the trade and sold his dealership, Reg Allen Motorcycles of Hanwell, he appealed for help to save his separate London Motorcycle Museum from closure.

However, despite offers of physical help, he said no-one had come up with financial assistance.

The prospect of selling his motorcycle collection in 2018 obviously hurt Crosby. He said at the time: “The museum is rich in bikes but selling them is not the answer is it? I shall keep on selling them and end up with an empty barn. It has taken me 65 years to build the collection. If someone could pay the rent, I could manage the heating, lights and insurance.”

There was more sad news for the museum recently with the passing of one of its dear friends and supporters Les Williams. "Les was one of our guests of honour at our grand opening and has remained a supporter and honorary member since.

"His history with Triumph is something of legend and he will be missed by many. Our thoughts go to his family and friends at this time."