I have lived all my life in the local area, born and bred on the outskirts of Northallerton and going to the local schools. I went on day-release to Agricultural College where I qualified as an agricultural craftsman, from which I achieved a bronze medal for being the top machinery student in the country. My working life has always been in farming, working for my last employer for 37 years before taking early retirement.
I have been married for 43 years in August and have lived in the Parish of Morton-on-Swale for 40 years.
I was co-opted onto the Parish Council in September 2009, becoming Chairman in 2019, and, although there is quite a lot of work involved, I enjoy making the village a better place to live in - although it is impossible in this day and age to get everything done as I would like, due in the main to legislative restrictions, or, as is so often the case, to financial constraints.
Being retired has given me the opportunity to enjoy doing the garden, going out with the caravan and going up to Northumberland to our Park Home.