I came to Reading in 1972 to go to the university. I then got a job in Reading, got married, had children and, now, a first grandchild in the area. I'm here for life!
Strictly speaking, being south of the M4, I don't actually live in Reading but a lot of my life is Reading-based.
For the most part Reading is a decent town with decent people and it is good in some way to support the positive aspects or the town and its communities. For this reason I'm supporting The Ding by collating information on some of Reading's community assets to inform people and for myself and others to improve and develop.
Topics I have a particular interest in are:
- Pubs & Bars: Pubs and bars are places where you can go with your friends to socialise or to meet them or to enjoy a pleasant time in the company of people with whom you only have a nodding acquaintance who might become friends. Reading has lost a number of pubs over the years but we still have a lot and they play an important role for the town's community. You will occasionally find me in The Retreat, Global Cafe, and, when The Ding Dong Daddios are playing, The Purple Turtle.