My father was a boat builder and when the war started he was moved to Poole in Dorset, where he was making Motor Torpedo Gunboats. Dad and mother bought a house on the edge of Bournemouth. I played football for my school and then club football in the Hampshire and Bournemouth Leagues.
When finishing school I did a plumbing apprenticeship (plumbing was all lead work in the 1950s) and then went away to sea with the P&O Line as a ships plumber. Left the sea in 1972 and joined the Metropolitan Police in London, where I served during the 1970 - 80s. After the police force I spent the next 24 years working for the Dartmoor National Park Authority as a Planning Enforcement Officer, until my retirement in 2010. Married and have 5 daughters and 13 grandchildren.
In my spare time I enjoy walking (including hill walking), bird watching and watching local football, rugby and cricket. I am a member of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.