In conversation with Ollie Taylor, Brian remembers his early life, particularly recounting stories of being at school during World War 2. He is one of 7 siblings, and was born in a cottage on the corner of Hatherley Road, by the old Oak pub, which he remembers, on 27 April 1937. The family soon moved to a Council house in Chequers Road, which he describes. Brian spent his school life at Hatherley Infants School, St James’ Primary, and then the Central Secondary Technical School. Leaving school in 1952 he then became an apprentice photographer for Fielding & Platt. He stayed there until 1974 and many of his photographs of staff and events can be found on the Fielding & Platt website (www.fieldingandplatthistory.org.uk). In 1974 Brian left to work as a photographer for the Citizen, and he still lives in Tredworth. The photograph shows Brian at work for Fielding & Platt in the late 1950s.