I first started playing a brass instrument at Junior school however this was short lived as other interests soon took over those being Elvis and Tommy Steel. After this time a took up playing once again for several years and tried to Reform Ryhope Colliery Band but this wasn’t to be. I then played for Seaham until they disbanded at this point I joined Pittington Brass. As I am the only ex miner in the band I organize the Vane Tempest Colliery Banner which the band escort on Durham Miners Gala Day. I also play for Sunderland City Band and Lumley Methodist Chapel Brass Band. Outside of banding I am a keen gardener, I have 2 Allotments where I keep chickens and grow my own vegetables, I also play Bowls at Mowbray Park in Sunderland.