Following an apprenticeship at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders I served in the Merchant navy from 1974 to 1983. At the time of the Argentine Invasion of the islands I was serving on MV Lycaon, which soon became one of the Ships Taken up from Trade (STUFT) as part of the taskforce and as such was loaded with ammunition at Southampton. We sailed, unaccompanied, on May 4th for the South Atlantic. Lycaon spent time in both South Georgia and the Falkland Islands; we were in San Carlos Water at the time of the surrender. We were relieved in Stanley on the 22nd August and finally returned home on 3rd September 1982.
In the mid to late 80s and early 90s, I worked in several different roles ashore, in building services. After completing an Open University Degree, I became a Maths Tutor at a local college, where I worked for 12 years; supporting adult students who were intending to go to university to study a variety of degree level courses.
I have always regarded my time in the Merchant Navy with great pride and affection and in particular our role in the Falklands Conflict of 1982 and have always regarded it as an honour to meet up with all veterans.
I have previously served as a Trustee (2010-2013) and have put myself forward to serve again in this role and hope that I can again serve the Association and all veterans of the conflict to the best of my ability.