Watercolour. Melanie was a Chief Petty Officer who took a shine to me at Royal Naval Airstation Culdrose in 1965. I was a young recruit and felt I had to do what she told me. She was a muscular woman and a fanatical keep fit follower. She insisted I take part in her regime but I wasn't quite as physical as her. After 6 months the relationship ended when I suffered physical exhaustion and a mild nervous breakdown. I eventually recovered and was able to progress in my career as an aircraft handler.
About the Artist
I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…View full profile