Re-cycled photo rings Pat's bell
WHEN Yeppoon's Patrick O'Brien saw The Morning Bulletin's first Blast from the Past photo of a five-person bike last week, he recognised a familiar face.
"I saw the photo in last Saturday's paper and saw that it was myself and a group of friends in a May Day parade," said the 79-year-old, who grew up in Rocky.
"I'm pretty sure it was the 1954 procession in Rockhampton.
"It was a little bit hard to steer, but it was a ton of fun."
Patrick, who's the first gentleman in the photo wearing a striped shirt, suspenders and a top hat, has been a cyclist since his early teens and was a founding member of the Rockhampton Cycling Club.
He and friend Neville Brown made the five-seater bike, Patrick said.
"The year before that parade we made separate bikes and then we also tried making a double-decker bike because Neville was a bike mechanic who owned a bike shop in Rockhampton," he said.
Patrick said he still gets out for a ride every day.
"I've raced all over Queensland, I even ended up in hospital during one race, but it didn't deter me," the veteran cyclist said.
"I took up squash at one stage but it buggered both my knees.
"It was a great time," he said of the parade.
"We had a lot of fun making the bike and a lot of fun on it."