Member notes for Roger Smith


AFTER 10 YEARS AWAY FROM LEISTON PURSUING CAREERS IN THE MERCHANT NAVY, INSURANCE AND RESIDENTIAL SOCIAL WORK, I RETURNED TO MY ROOTS IN 1979 TO TAKE OVER THE FAMILY BUSINESS. AT THE TIME THIS WAS AN EMPTY SHOP THAT HAD BEEN CLOSED DOWN FOR 6 MONTHS AND SEEN THE PREVIOUS TWO INCUMBENTS GET INTO SERIOUS FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY, BUT 23 YEARS LATER I'M STILL HERE AT THE LOCAL SPAR(OPEN TILL 10 SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK!!)LEISTON'S ANSWER TO ARKWRIGHT. REMARRIED IN 1999 TO A GRAMMAR GIRL , TESSA(MERRETT) AND HAVE THREE CHILDREN BY FIRST MARRIAGE AND TWO STEPSONS AT VARIOUS STAGES OF THE EDUCATION LADDER.WE'RE ALL KEEN IPSWICH SEASON TICKET HOLDERS AND THIS SEASON I VENTURED TO SWEDEN AND ITALY FOLLOWING THE SUPER BLUES.OTHER INTERESTS INCLUDE SKI-ING AND SAILING WHEN I GET TIME. WOULD WELCOME ANY COMMUNICATION FROM OLD SCHOOL MATES, THE LAST GRAMMAR SCHOOL RE-UNION WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING I ONLY RECOGNISED TWO FORMER PUPILS.