Another facet of David’s personality can be seen in his relationship with bicycles. From a very early age the bike had been more than a means of transport – it was his passport to freedom.

Writing of his early days in a Halifax that was ‘grubby from industry’ he quickly added, “ – but fifteen minutes on a bike, I was in the countryside.” Indeed, cycling may have been something of a family tradition for David. His father Charlie had regularly pedalled from Halifax to Stockport – a distance of around sixty miles there and back – to see his mother Pat when the pair were courting.

“A friend of mine was turning seventy years old, so we organised that special seventy-mile ride to celebrate – and David was one of the group.”
David’s friend and fellow cyclist Tim Goffe remembers the ride with fondness