James McCourt photographs a field in Oldpark, Belfast that’s become a temporary solace for the area’s motorbike-riding youth
Words by James McCourt
It’s Saturday morning. A squad of lads arrive with their motorbikes to race around the field.
Many of the residents of the area have moved across Belfast due to violence between Catholic and Protestants. Located next to the peace wall in Oldpark, these local teenagers gather in the area to race their motorbikes around the field. The Belfast city council are to commence work to uplift the housing estate, transforming the abandoned houses into family accommodation. With the transformation of this area these teenagers will lose their place of solace. A field that deters criminal activity and allows the youths an escape from reality.
‘It’s only a matter of time mate. Don’t know where we are going to go like’.
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