Photographer Keith Jones writes (in the accompanying text):
"This was a special one for me to do, for two reasons. Firstly the ‘Then’ photo is of my father-in-law, Ray Greenwood. Secondly, it is the photo that I first saw last year that gave me the idea to start this whole Then and Now photo project mullarkey. As it happens I have ended up doing nearly 1,600 other ones over the last six months first before I managed to get round to doing it, but we got there in the end!
The old photo is from 1970, and shows Ray aged 18 (just left of centre, on the white bike) with a bunch of other bikers on Smithdown Road. He’s now 61, retired, with four grandchildren, but still gets about on a beast of a motorcycle – a black BMW 1000cc.
I don’t know exactly why the Liverpool Echo sent a photographer to the scene, but Ray got a copy of the original photo at the time and this is written on the back…
’At the Old Dutch Café on Smithdown Road on Monday 23/2/1970. As seen by a Liverpool Daily Post and Echo reporter’.
Ray has added on the back, of the bike, ‘1961 White BSA A7 500cc paid £90 cash’. That must have been a hell of a lot to pay out in cash at the time, I think! When I first saw the photo I was surprised that the Old Dutch Café’s windmill was still on the wall, and equally surprised that I had never noticed it before!"
https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithjones84/8958922297/in/album-72157636828138245/ [Same photograph, but without Keith's thumb.]