Lorna and I are both retired from our different careers; after working in an office before our two
eldest sons were born Lorna went back to further education , took a Teaching Degree and
became a Primary School Teacher
I left school at 15 and became a shepherd, working mainly in Northumberland but also in
Gloucestershire and Dorset before joining the Northumberland County Constabulary as a
Constable staying in this force through two amalgamations to reach the rank of Superintendent.
During my service I was selected for the 9th Special Course at Bramshill, I was awarded
a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and a British Council Travel Award. I also visited Chernobyl, Ukraine, in 1992, as a part of Planning for Nuclear Disasters.
We have three sons
Stephen was born in Gloucestershire and after a period working in agriculture he became a Blue Badge Guide for Northumbria. He is currently the site manager at Tynemouth Priory and Castle working for English Heritage.
Derek was born in Dorset and after a spell as a Civil Servant he became a Police Constable but had to retire because of injury. He is now a Physiotherapist working with the Wansbeck Primary Care Trust specialising in stroke victims.
Stuart was born in Newcastle and after a period as a Trainee Solicitor he joined the IT industry and is currently a manager for Tas Accounting Systems, a division of Sage Software.
We have four grandchildren
Joshua James son of Derek.
Hannah Ellery Ruth daughter of Stephen.
Josey Anne daughter of Derek