I was born in Langley Moor, Durham in 19** and have lived in Durham ever since. 

I was a pupil at St Leonards Comprehensive School in North End, Durham until the age of 16.  I had the enviable status of owning my own motor bike which I used to get to and from school.

I bought my first guitar (an electric) at the age of 16 and have taught myself to play.  I was so naive at the time I didn't even realise that I needed an amplifier to be able to hear the guitar so I improvised and used an old radio instead of an amplifier and the rest is history!