John initially worked at the Harwell
Laboratories in electronics and subsequently joined the British
Antarctic Survey Team. He learned the Morris whilst on a tour
of duty in the Antarctic and participated in the first walking
tour of the Antarctic mainland. One of the chaps who
played penny whistle wrote home to his mum for ~100 budgie
bells which came on the next shipment. The Side then
danced in thermals and budgie bells to music of a penny whistle.
John returned to Harwell and joined the Side in 1976. He played
Happy Jack in the Mummers
Play revival .
John left the British Antarctic Survey in
1988 and did VSO in Egypt teaching medical electronics; from
there he returned to Cambridge to join the medical physics
department at Addenbrookes Hospital.
After a couple of years he went to Hong Kong,
where he discovered a Morris side, but then got involved with
the Flying Eye Hospital, going to Third World countries teaching
& performing eye surgery on the plane. Then, off to New
Zealand where there was a Morris side in Auckland and attended
a Mayday session to dance the sun up on Mount Eden.
Whilst in New Zealand he bumped into Old Boy, Mike