The Author lived in Crosby, on the outskirts of Liverpool, Merseyside. He served in the Army with The Royal Corps of Signals Regiment and later The 13th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. A retired Police Officer having served 30 years in Liverpool City Police/Merseyside Police. He was involved in all aspects of fuchsia growing for the past 50 years. This includes growing and exhibiting at both Local and National levels with many Best in Show awards at B.F.S. and other National Shows. He is also an Accredited B.F.S. Judge, Lecturer and Hybridist. Past Showground Director of Southport Flower Show and has been involved and instrumental in forming new Fuchsia Societies. The latest being Cymdeithas Ffiwsia [Mona Fuchsia Society] situated on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. Past President of Cymdeithas Ffiwsia Society, President of Thornton & Crosby Gardeners Club, Vice President Merseyside Fuchsia Society, past President Wigan Fuchsia Society and Fylde Fuchsia Society.