“I went to London in 1981 for a break, 6 weeks later started work in The Old Rose in Victoria.  A few months later I was asked to do a relief in the Cudugan Arms on the Kings Road,  the Stag in Victoria and then a haunted pub, the Three Pigeons in Richmond – long story but very spooky!  There followed a phone call to meet at Bow Street magistrates, sat next to a chap handcuffed to a police officer holding a baseball bat in a bag !!! License was granted and I was the landlord of St James’s Tavern on Shaftesbury Avenue/Great Windmill St.  My love for the sea took me back to St Ives every 2 weeks and seemed to always get a shout on a the lifeboat (big part of my life). I’ve run pubs , rugby clubs, restaurants, and hotels, been an ambulance man, fisherman, salvage work, been there, done that sort of chap, and love helping others.”