1. I joined my local church choir when I was 8. I left to sing a different type of music when I was 18. When my treble voice was in its prime I sang with the choir at evensong in Salisbury Cathedral.
2. In the mid 60s I worked for the Kray family. This will send a shiver down the spine of a lot of people who either experienced the family first hand or have read about their ‘reign of terror’ in London at that time. Charles was related to the infamous brothers, and was a director of an entertainment agency who booked us to play at pubs and clubs across London.
3. In the early 70s I appeared on several editions of a sports quiz programme on the radio. British readers of a certain age will remember the celebrity team captains, Brian Johnston and Ted Moult. The quiz master was Peter Jones, a broadcasting legend. It was an unbelievable experience.
4. I started playing snooker when I was 16. The local League provided me with many happy years of competition and after 25 years of playing I decided to give something back. In 1991 I became League Secretary and my son Steve takes over from me in May. I’ve operated a ‘benevolent dictatorship’ and it has seemed to work without too many problems! I plan on playing long after my term of office is over!
5. We played at The Granary Club in Bristol supporting Genesis on February 22nd 1971. It was a regular venue for us and we had backed several big names there. The gig was voted the best night in the history of the Club (1969 -1988). Happy days! The full story is in my first book.
6. My wife Lynne and I ran a quiz night at a local social club for almost twelve years. I hosted over five hundred quizzes, all of which I prepared myself. Lynne was my glamorous assistant. The last quiz we ran was on 21st December 2012; seven days after I had started to write my first novel ‘The Final Straw’.
7. I was made redundant in March 2000 after 34 years with a tyre company. I took the money and ran! In the mid 60s it was a friendly, sociable working environment that made it a pleasure to go to work. By the time I left it had become a soulless money making machine and I haven’t given the place a second thought since I walked through the gates for the final time.
8. It’s not very rock ‘n’ roll but the summer after I finished work I started playing bowls. The vast majority of my colleagues were twenty years older than me, yet the next 8 summers were the happiest sporting times of my life. I was Club Captain in 2008 and maybe I’ll find time to take it up again when I get older!
9. I was an Exam Invigilator at local schools 2002-2015. I looked after children sitting various exams from 11 to 18 years of age. It was rewarding work and I have kept an eye out for how the ‘superstars’ have developed as they left us and went to university and beyond.
10. In November 2012 I was joined by two of the original members of my last group for a reunion gig. It was to mark the 65th birthday of one our road managers. Almost 40 years after our last gig together we played some of our favourite songs; it was the first time my children and a lot of my friends had heard me sing! We had a great night, but it was just a ‘one-off’. My friends asked me whether I missed how it felt to be on stage singing to an audience that enjoyed what they heard. My reply? ‘Only every day!’
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