John Keavey

Bus and cyclistBus and cyclist, © W.R. Mitchell
and the University of Bradford Special Collections

John Keavey was born in Leeds in 1921 and grew up in York. He was a life-long member of the Cyclists Touring Club and the Youth Hostel Association. He was also a founding member of the Yorkshire Dales Railway Society and worked tirelessly to save the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway.

In his interview with W.R. Mitchell, John talks about cycling in the early part of the 20th century and the cycling trials held at Acomb in York. In the 1930s cyclists had to wear black tights, a black jacket and black headgear. The Yorkshire Evening News in Leeds started organising rallies for cyclists to go to from 1932 onwards; there were three Cycling Weeks in 1936, and many cycling clubs held midnight runs from the textile towns to Scarborough and the Dales.

John Keavey also discusses railways, trams and other forms of transport in the early 20th century.