I was born in nearby Hale, just over a mile from Altrincham and spent the formative years of my childhood there. My father died when I was 15 and my mother was soon offered a luxury flat if she would act as a caretaker to a firm of Altrincham solicitors (Nicholls, Lindesell and Harris).
We moved there to live in a penthouse apartment above their offices at 7, Market Street, Altrincham.
I got an apprenticeship in the nearby Atlantic Street industrial trading estate of Broadheath, near the Manchester Road. I trained as an instrument maker with the Record Electrical Co., before joining the Royal Air Force as an instrument fitter on navigation equipment.
I had many interesting experiences, including buying a collection of classic motorbikes (BSA, Aerial Leader, Tiger Cub, James, etc) which continued up until after I left the RAF. I took the opportunity for regular nude sunbathing after school and after work also most weekends if the weather was favourable at a local wood, with the farmer’s approval.
Having been a naturist/pagan and involved in the study and practice of ritual magic since the age of 11, I formed my own skyclad (nude) occult group when I was aged 16, much like Harry Potter at Hogwarts. I invited a reporter round from the Altrincham Guardian and got a centre-page spread, to promote it.
As a pagan, I loved the outdoor life and spent many happy hours at the River Bollin and Dunham Park. I also went rock climbing to Laddow and Windgather rocks and regular weekend caving trips to Castleton.over 5 years ago