In the 1940s and 50s it is estimated that there were a staggering 300,000 bicycles on the roads of Northern Ireland. As a sporting machine they produced athletes who perform feats of endurance, breaking records and striving for perfection. Passionate cyclists, Isabel Woods (83), Rab Collins (84) and Bill Kirk (75) with a writer May Farrar have compiled ‘Recycled Memories’ book which is evocative anthology describing those days, the people and events involved in cycling over years.
‘Rose Petals on the Path’ is a short documentary film inspired by the book. I met Bill Kirk on the occasion of his photography exhibition in The Red Barn Gallery where I discovered how passionate about cycling he is. Impressed with the fact that at the age of 75 he is an active cyclist I got tempted with ‘Recycled Memories’ book. That is where the project starts. And what made it happen is Isabel, May, Rab and Bill’s eternal love for cycling, their great enthusiasm and hospitality which I was lucky to experience while working on the project.
Film introduces the editors of the publication and takes audience through their memories over years. Through their stories the film explores how cycling helps to overcome weaknesses, if it influences perception on reality and simply proves the importance of sport in our lives. (17:17)