Born in Beverley in 1953 and brought up in Keldgate Beverley, I went to Minster Boys School and then went to Longcroft School. I left school in 1969. I attended Scouts, tennis and swimming. I started work in 1969 at Deans and Light Alloys as a maintenance fitter for 25 years and then worked at Hodgsons Sealants for three years. I started working as a mini bus driver in 1999 driving children with special needs to school. I have two grown up daughters aged 27 and 29.