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BACK TO BACUP
The following is information available on the Pegasus Publishers website.
Born in Bacup, Lancashire, the world of brass bands has always surrounded the author. He left school at fifteen and worked for a year as a 'clicker' in a shoe factory. Following this, he entered the GPO as an Engineer, with two years break doing his National Service in the Royal Signals. After eighteen years as a telephone engineer, he resigned from the GPO and eventually became a domestic appliance engineer, once again for eighteen years. His work was curtailed after a car accident which left him with an injured back.
Since 1947, he has been a member of the brass band movement. He has played with the Stacksteads Band, the world famous Irwell Sprints (Bacup) Band, (the first band to win the 'Crystal Palace' trophy three times) and the great Manchester (CWS) Band. He has also played as a guest with such bands as Leyland Vehicles, Haslingden, Water and Whitworth Bands.
A widower, his late wife Anne died in 1998, he lives with his partner Jean, in Fleetwood but soon to move to Towyn in North Wales. Between them they have four children, fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He continues to enjoy playing his 'bass' with the Thornton Cleveleys Band, whilst enjoying his strong interest in writing which was helped by his taking a creative writing course at Accrington and Rossendale College.
The book, 'Blood on the Field', is his second, the first one, 'Bold as Brass' still enjoying success and with a further two books in the pipeline.