I decided to train as a celebrant after my wife, Jenny, qualified with the UK Society of Celebrants (UKSOC).
I had already experienced writing, preparing and delivering funeral ceremonies when conducting my mother, father and brothers funerals. Although it was sad, it was important to ensure that their lives were celebrated in a heartfelt, meaningful manner, which showed the love and achievements they had made.
Coming from a large family, one of 10 children with 5 sisters and 4 brothers, I was raised in the North East of England.
I have done much travelling over the years. I joined the Royal Navy, aged 17 and this saw me visiting many different countries around the world. I continued with travelling when I left the Royal Navy, first on the offshore oil rig rescue boats then moved onto marine construction working the length and breadth of the UK, with a career expanding more than 30 years.
Working in the Marine Construction industry has allowed me to experience some amazing mega Projects that one can only wish to be involved in. My overseas postings have seen me working in the Jungle of Bangladesh, Oman, Bahrain and for the last 11 years I have been working in the United Arab Emirates, living in Dubai and commuting daily to Abu Dhabi and Fujairah.
When not working, my free time has seen me involved with the local community theatre group in Dubai. My latest role saw me play Mr Dale Harding in the 1975 production of ‘’One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’’ .
I am a very keen (social) golfer, and I am currently encouraging my wife to take up the sport, but I fear she could become a more accomplished golfer after only a short period of time.
On a more serious note, I am very compassionate about what I do in life, with the philosophy of, if you are going to do something, then do it right. Helping to find the right words to paint a true portrait and create a bespoke tailor made ceremony is of the upmost importance to me. After all it’s your day, so it should be your way.