A PENSIONER who writes about his life experiences has had his second book published.

Ivor Goolding, 74, from Beeston, is celebrating the publication of his new book Hammers, Spanners and Rockets, which is about his time working on the oil refineries in Ellesmere Port between the 1950-70s.

The book features recollections of the everyday lives of men who worked in the maintenance department at Burmah Oil and Castrol.

It is not the first time retired Mr Goolding has had his work made into a book – in 2008 his memoir A Cheshire Way of Life was published by Nantwich-based WritersPrintShop, which details his life as a young man growing up in different parts of Cheshire during the 1940s and his early career.

“I absolutely love writing, it’s something I enjoy tremendously,” said Mr Goolding, who also worked as a policeman.

“Since my wife died a few years ago I thought I might as well give it a go.

“I think I made about £250 from my first book but I don’t make profits out of it – all the proceeds go to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd where my wife was cared for.”

Mr Goolding says his books contain some humorous memories and some serious ones, and he hasn’t ruled out writing another.

“I’m really getting into it so I might do, but I still have lots of other hobbies to keep me busy like painting and playing my saxophone. You could say I’m quite creative!”

Both of Ivor’s books are available at www.amazon.co.uk or from The Bookshop, Nantwich.