Bill was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He served in the army in Germany, Sudan and Korea from 1950 to 1955. He came to live in North Shields in 1955, married and moved to Cullercoats in 1957. Bill helps with fundraising for the RNLI and maintains contact with retired RNLI crew.
Bill was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 1 March 2006. The interview took place at Cullercoats Community Centre and lasted 9 minutes and 55 seconds.
What does the sea mean to you?
"The sea? Oh, the sea is travel, living. Thereís a lot of life in the sea, Iíve been a long way on the sea"
The sea? Oh, the sea is travel, living. Thereís a lot of life in the sea, Iíve been a long way on the sea, and itís nice to look at when the weatherís nice. As I say, for my wifeís family itís provided a living. For about 400 years or something! And up until recently it was providing my son with a living, heís only fishing part time now, but, yeah, itís a lot of things to a lot of people, the sea, I mean.
Thereís a lot of life, a lot of, itís very nice to see when you stand on the front, or on the beach when itís a nice day, you see the sea, the seaís a nice colour when the sunís shining off it, you see the boats going along, the ships on the horizon, people enjoying themselves. Itís all good. I wouldnít move away from Cullercoats. Iíve been here 50 years, and I donít think Iím going to move now.
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