Paul is well-known in York as a man committed to cycling, both as a leisure activity and as an everyday form of transport. He does not drive and is often seen cycling around the City en route to a meeting or event.
He is very opinionated and well-informed on all matters relating to cycling in the area, he is not afraid to make his views publicly known. Not surprisingly, there are several non-cyclists who express views equally vociferous though often tongue in cheek. The to-and-fro correspondence makes entertaining informed reading. Paul maintains many contacts within the local authority and elsewhere and knows who to approach when seeking clarification on many cycling concern.
Since being elected Chair of the CTC York Cycle Show Committee, Paul has worked tirelessly towards the success of each successive show, not only keeping regular meetings in order but taking on tasks himself, such as leaflet distribution, putting up posters, liaising for the Minster service, and even plumbing on site. He will turn his hand to any task, no matter how menial; his presence is regularly sought should a problem arise.
Since retiring from his job with the railways Paul has involved himself in other activities, one of which is as a guide on open-top tour buses. Having been a long-time resident he has a great store of knowledge of the City and regales the passengers with tales to amuse or scare.
Paul is keenly involved in local amateur dramatics, not on stage but backstage in lighting and sound. He has been associated with successful open-air productions of Shakespeare in a local park.
Living, as he does, close to York’s Holgate Windmill he has been involved in fundraising and the implementing for its complete restoration, it is again able to produce flour.
Paul’s leadership and hard work has gone a long way towards keeping the annual York Cycle Show going, it having had to contend with extremes of weather. His tireless campaigning and many letters to the local council and press have helped to make and maintain York as a vibrant ‘Cycling City’.