David was born on August 7th 1947 and is the eldest of the two brothers. He attended Waterloo Primary School before moving on to Stamford Boys Secondary School. While at Stamford David began supporting Oldham Athletic AFC much to the dismay of his friends who were either of the blue or red persuasion of Manchester. David still follows the Latics today. In later years his interest in football saw him managing several local amateur teams and he was the founder of the Waterloo Lions – later to become Waterloo FC.
On leaving school David started work in a confectionary cash and carry warehouse. However, in time with a need for more money he found employment in a local bakery.
During the music revolution that was the 1960s David became well-known as one of Ashton’s first DJs performing under the name of ‘Dizzy Dave’. In tandem with his bakery job he played the pubs and clubs of the north west. When offers of bookings came from several leading agents, David, for a while, became a full-time professional DJ. During this period his writing developed. Working with many top acts of the day he took the opportunity to interview and write articles about them. These were taken up by several national magazines. One of those ‘never to be forgotten’ moments for David was the night while working in a club in Stoke when he was privileged to introduce onto the stage the Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin.
David married his wife Sandra in 1971. They have three children who have presented them with four grandchildren, Alex, Abbie, Ashley and Nathan. Sadly, Alex the eldest, passed away in August 2012 after suffering a stroke – a result of the after affects of meningitis which he contracted when he was seven years old. In 2014 ‘The Believe and Achieve Trust’ was set up in memory of Alex to continue his work in raising awareness of meningitis and to offer support to other young people whose lives have been affected by the disease.
Prior to David’s marriage, his future father-in-law insisted that he got a ‘proper job’. Consequently, David began working alongside his father-in-law in engineering. However, this came to an end in 1972 due to changes made within the company. David then joined ASDA prior to the opening of their new store on Langham Street, Waterloo, Ashton. He became a Goods Inward Checker before taking up the position of non-food warehouse manager. During the years at ASDA David continued with Philip in meeting top stars and interviewing them for numerous magazines. David has never forgotten the occasion when he received a rose and a kiss on the cheek during an interview with British soul diva Dusty Springfield
The many years of working long and unsociable hours with ASDA impacted on David’s evening and weekend work as a DJ. Consequently, he began to walk the streets for a living – as a postman, that is. A job which allowed for plenty of time for David to continue with his DJ work as well as his writing and researching of local topics.
Gradually, over the years David began to suffer from ill-health which eventually resulted in him departing the post office. He returned to ASDA for a short while before having to permanently retire on medical grounds.
Since then David has got together whenever possible with Philip to pursue their shared interest in writing and local history.