15th January 2021

We want you to learn more about our amazing volunteers. So… this week our brilliant volunteer Mick is going to tell you a little bit about themself.

Where were you born and raised?
Shirley, Solihull (just outside of Birmingham).

What is one of your best memories from childhood?
Long, hot summers in my Nanna’s large garden in Surrey – having play battles with my two sisters and a friend using crab apples as “ammunition” !!

What was/is your job?
Qualified as an Architectural Technician. Worked as a volunteer building advisor in Swaziland, Southern Africa. Working “on the tools” in the Leeds Building Collective and later in a small partnership. Teaching Design Technology for 12 years in a Leeds comprehensive. Back on the tools again (self-employed). Now retired.

What is one of your best memories from your working life?
Having 2 of my GCSE pupils get awards for results in the top 5 in the country.

Do you have any hobbies you enjoy?
Gardening. Doing general craft and building work. Drawing/artwork.

What is your favourite song?
So many to chose from!  ‘Nye’ by Martyn Joseph. ‘Tom Traubert’s Blues’ by Tom Waites. ‘Little Green’ by Joni Mitchell – I could go on!

What do you normally do when volunteering your time to the theatre?
Work behind the bar.  Building maintenance and projects.

What is one of your best memories from volunteering with ERT?
The ‘maintenance week’ when, amongst other things, we fitted the bar back. There was a great buzz with everybody getting stuck in.

And finally, what has been your favourite ERT production?
for entertainment. Night Season for provoking thought. Spoonface for making me cry!

Thank you for everything you do Mick!

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