My parents ran the newsagency kiosks on the bus station in Bolton (where I am pictured at the age of 26!!) I spent many hours helping out in the kiosks, as well as proof reading comics and testing the confectionery.
After my Mum sadly died as a result of having Multiple Sclerosis in 1973, interspersed with an ongoing education, Dad and I ran the business until 2000. During that time, I indulged my passion for racing sailboats, being fortunate to compete at national and international level in a variety of boats, most enjoyably the International 470 dinghy.
I still race sailing dinghies, much less competitively now but still as enjoyably, sailing a Laser dinghy at Halifax Sailing Club, augmented by odd trips to events at other sailing clubs which take my fancy. I also own a GP14 dinghy berthed at Glasson Sailing Club in which Judith and I enjoy trips down the River Lune to Morecambe Bay.
After graduating from Liverpool University, Judith was a journalist with the Wakefield Express before leaving to start a family, raising daughter Amy and son John in Bradford. She re-started working life as a tutor in ESOL to adults and now runs classes in writing for well-being.
We like to get out and enjoy the glorious Calderdale countryside, particularly enjoying cycling on our tandem (see Gallery). We also enjoy music concerts of all kinds and trips to the theatre.
My stepson, John, lives o'er t'hill in Blackpool, working for Matalan, whilst my stepdaughter Amy, married to Eliezer, has four children; Isabella, Seth, Ineza and Noah.