About the Author
John Cecil was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kettering, Northamptonshire on December 17th 1956 and educated in the town at The Highfi eld Road Primary School, (One of J.L.Carr’s boys) and The Kettering Grammar School for Boys. He left school in 1973, working in a Builder’s Merchants before being infl uenced to go to Sea School in Gravesend in May 1974 and in the September joining the Merchant Navy aboard the Anco Empress in Liverpool. (Starting to sound familiar yet?). He remained at sea with Athel Line, who later became Panocean/Anco and then Stolt Tankers, until 1989, working his way up from Deck Boy to Able Seaman. He left the sea to be with his young family, spending 20 years at Weetabix Limited in Burton Latimer as a Quality Control Auditor. Married to Shirley in 1978 and now a proud Grandfather to Callum, Connor, Rhiannon, Dylan, Faith and Alice he now works in a warehouse environment at a medical distributor in Corby, Northamptonshire.