Colin’s page

Brief biography

I was born 2nd April 1948 in a house called “White Gables” just outside Highcliffe-on-Sea, Hants. I spent my early childhood in Wales and the USA before we (parents plus younger brother) settled in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. During this time I went to schools in Tenby (St Stephen’s), Washington DC (Lafayette), Romsey (Stroud Preparatory School) and Sherborne. My father was in the army and boarding schools were the only means of continuity in schooling.

Having gained an Exhibition to read engineering at Peterhouse, Cambridge, I worked for GEC in Coventry and then Newton Aycliffe. I left to do an MBA at Durham University Business School and then joined the NHS. Later I qualified as an accountant (FCCA).

I am now retired and live in Washington, Tyne and Wear. I am married to Pat, also retired. I have a 38 year old daughter, Kate, from my first marriage, who having become a proper doctor (PhD!) is currently employed as a Clinical Pathologist at PTDS.

My principal interests are folk music, choral singing, biking, skiing, opera and Indian food (cooking and eating it!).


There’s a bit more detail in separate pages for

Folk Music



An account of Colin’s overland trip in 1970.