ABOUT TONY
Tony loves to be "on stage" sharing his words and is equally at home in both  formal and informal settings.
When he is not performing he  is writing or promoting poetry through poetry evenings and seminiars such as the new Gong Fu Poets event in Coxhoe, Durham. 
From a mining family, after losing both grandfathers to "Pitman's Death" (pneumoconiosis), Tony's dad left the mines when Tony was still very young to join the Police. 

"We moved with his work to Bishop Auckland and then Durham where he remained until his retirement..."

Tony joined the Force too, after a short sojourn as a baker when he left school. 

2 years in the Police Cadets (public service) and then joined the regular Force in 1980.

Motorcycles, Traffic, Armed Response, Tactical Team, Sniper, Method of Entry, Tactical Advisor, Firearms Instructor, VIP Protection officer, VIP / Evasive driving, Expert witness, weapons examiner, high risk prisoner escort commander...and the list goes on...

Tony always had an aptitude for sports, playing ice hockey for the Durham Wasps, Crowtree Chiefs  and the Billingham Bombers! He was a GB Junior, GB Police - coach / captain footballer and also played squash, tennis, swimming and life saving at high levels for the Police. 

After retiring from the Police, Tony qualified as a Business  and Personal / Life Coach and Martial Arts Instructor.

Along with his family he set up his own Martial Arts Academy , Vegan /Asian Tearoom.

In 2014, he was diagnosed with Cancer. 

He is now, 
a cancer survivor, 
thriver, 
liver of life, 
a Buddhist way of life...​
 
"By anyone's standards, I have had an interesting and varied career. Through poetry I visit my experiences, thoughts and feelings on the stuff of everyday existence which I find relevant, interesting or thought provoking...


"A new voice with a unique perspective, open, honest not afraid to say  what others avoid…"

Tony invites you to join him on his roller coaster ride through life...

 


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