I was born 64 years ago just outside Birmingham. My parents had friends who lived in Pendeen and we spent many summers in Cornwall. I have a vivid memory of walking along the coast path through the bottom of Geevor and seeing the torrents of red water coming down from the Mill.
I was able to visit Geevor on many occasions over the following years and was lucky enough to have a trip underground to bottom of the Sub-Incline level before it finally flooded.
I was fortunate enough to be able to retire at the age of 50 and shortly afterwards Sheila and I moved from Yorkshire – where I spent the bulk of my working life – to Cornwall. In Yorkshire I got interested in caves and this coupled with my interest in history led me into mine exploration.
I first came to Geevor to work as guide – I needed something to do with my life and golf did not really appeal. I became convinced that the site had huge value and potential. In 2001 I was involved in setting up Pendeen Community Heritage, the charity which won the contract to manage Geevor. This has kept Sheila and I fully occupied ever since.