Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story

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Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story
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Review

There are some lovely arch little films in this captivating chunk of nostalgia about Raleigh bicycles, with men in ties and suits talking in that clipped way about bike making. As always, producer Testimony Films has done an amazing job in mining rich seams of archive footage, and the most beautiful 1950s advertising posters.

Former Raleigh workers talk with misty-eyed delight about their former employer’s Nottingham factory and the paternalistic approach to his workforce by founder Frank Bowden. The company had its own ballroom and paid for an annual outing to Blackpool. “It was a cracking do,” says one ex-employee.

So prepare to wallow in childhood memories, particularly about your Raleigh Chopper…

Summary

Documentary telling the tale of the ups and downs of Raleigh bikes, using personal testimony and rare and previously unseen archive film. Born in the back streets of Nottingham in 1888, Raleigh grew to become the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world and, for more than a century, was known for its simple and practical bikes.

Cast & Crew

Director Steve Humphries
Editor Nick Maddocks
Producer Steve Humphries
Producer Nick Maddocks
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