Eric was born in 1933 to a family of five sisters and one brother. He attended St John’s school in Whittle-le-Woods until the age of fifteen, then served his time as a plumber at local building firm. He was in the army from 1954-56, mainly in Cyprus. After a 38 year career at Norweb (first as a cable jointer, then has a foreman), he retired in 1996. Always a bit of a fitness fanatic, Eric always enjoyed distance fell walking which included two 100 mile non stop events, the South Downs Way and the Lakeland Hundred. Also he participated in lots of running events, including two marathons (London and Manchester). He spent his seventieth birthday at the top of Helvellen in the Lake District and choose the same location to celebrate his 80th! Other hobbies include his garden where he grows all the vegetables for family and neighbours; he was also a bee keeper for twenty years. Eric also writes poems just for his own pleasure and collects old photos of Whittle-le-Woods, producing a book Whittle As It Was in 1987. He is well known for organising the Ox Roast - something done 100 years earlier to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Eric was the Mayor of Chorley from 2003-2004. He has served on Whittle-le-Woods Parish council since 1983 and been Chairman four times. He has also been Chairman of the War Memorial for 25 years and is a long standing Chorley Councillor. Eric and his wife Pat have been married for almost 60 - they have five sons, thirteen grandchildren and four great grand children. Eric is only happy when involved in some sort of venture. His main ambition was to see the village with a village hall and this was achieved during his Mayoral year when he laid the foundation stone - in 2004. A recent project was the building of changing rooms on the Kem Mill football field which was completed in 2011.
Eric represents the Parish Council on the Clayton & Whittle le Woods War Memorial Committee and the Whittle-le-Woods Playing Fields Trust.