Paul was born in 1952 in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire. He crossed the border into Yorkshire twenty years later to study at Leeds University and has lived here ever since.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers with 25 years experience in the West Yorkshire turbocharger industry. Sadly the UK is not the automotive powerhouse it was and most of his current work is in Germany and the USA.
Sport, outdoor pursuits and family have been his passions. He played competitive football for twenty years beginning with the local church team in St. Annes on Sea, retiring aged 30 from Hade Edge (the pitch was used for grazing cattle during the week and required substantial pre-match preparation). The pinnacle was playing for the YMCA in a local cup final at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road in front of a crowd of 250, winner’s medal and a team photograph in the local Gazette to prove it.
Running, squash and latterly tennis have kept him reasonably fit since. He ran in the second London marathon and cherishes his medal to this day.
“Married to Alison we have 4 fantastic children aged between 17 and 25. They are great friends to us.”
He and Alison spend increasing amounts time developing the garden they share with their three neighbours. He finds dry-stone walling very therapeutic. With a mile or so of wall around his property, he hopes to remain unwound for some time yet.
He has no musical background except for singing soprano in church before his voice broke and a failed attempt to learn the trumpet at high school. During his first six months with the choir he has grown in confidence and thinks he’s improved as a singer. He hopes soon to be a full contributor to the tenor section.