A weekly feature on the lives and loves of people from our city.

My day: An average day in my world does not exist, every day is different.

I worked for 17 years at Deva Forge in Chester mainly making gates, railing staircases and anything else from mild steel.

It took me all over the city, local areas and further afield but never more than two hours away.

My great grandfather was a blacksmith in Chester and I know some of his work is still used in the city, so I take great pleasure knowing my work is spread all over Chester, and will be for many years to come.

There, I started work at 8am and got right to it. Once the steel has arrived at the workshop, it has to be cut to size , then welded together to make the item the client wants, making every item a one off – even a pair of gates are never a true pair because they are hand made by a craftsman.

By 10am time for a quick coffee and a snack , then maybe out on a job to a local house or one of the city’s park and rides to repair a damaged barrier gate or height barrier. You would be surprised at how often they get hit.

 

Dinner is about 12.30pm but that could change depending on what is happening on the day.

If a job has to be finished, for say health and safety reasons, then the job comes first.

We get another quick coffee at 3pm then work on up until 4-5pm before washing up time, change out of our overalls, then off home .

With Deva Forge closing its doors just weeks ago, it left me out of work for the first time in 17 years.

But as a craftsman your skills will always be in demand, so I was only out of work for a week, then right back at it. I now work in Sandycroft for JSR Fabrication, still doing gates, railings, staircases and beams for local builders but we also travel further afield so a trip to Glasgow was one of my first jobs, to measure up for some new pipe work.

Dress: I always wear flame proof overalls, ear protectors and my welding screen.

What is the favourite part of your job? That each day is so very different

What is your least favourite part of your job? I now work 7am till 5pm so having to get up at 6am.

What would be your dream job if you weren't doing what you do now? Playing football for Chester FC.

How do you relax when you are not working? I play golf off a 15 handicap at Old Padeswood Golf Club. I am also a volunteer at Chester FC, where I play a bass bugler (badly).

What is your favourite film? Saving Private Ryan.

What is your favourite book? Band of Brothers.

What is your favourite song? Any Queen song.

If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Harrison Ford.

Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? I have. I was a member of the 18th Chester Scout band for 25 years. We got to be very good and started competing in competitions all over the country. We got into the top ten and went to the finals which were held at Wembley Arena and won to become British champions.

We also won in another league the same year at the Royal Albert Hall. So two British titles.

Then we went to the Scout band national finals and won there - three British titles in less than eight months.

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