Peter left Riley with only 4 GCE O levels. After attending Hull College of Technology in 1966, he went to sea as a radio operator on trawlers out of Grimsby . A couple of trips to Iceland in the winter made him realise that he was not cut out for that sort of life so he spent 6 years with United Towing of Hull- some of the time in tugs involved with the early development of North Sea Oil and later on deep sea salvage tugs in the Middle and Far East.
In 1969, Peter married Catherine (Cate) before returning to college for higher qualifications. In 1974 he joined P&O Bulk Shipping Division as a Radio Electronics Officer and sailed the world for 3 years with Cate until their daughter Louise was born in 1977. After further college time at Liverpool in 1978/9 he joined Canadian Pacific in 1980. Sailing on supertankers into the Gulf during the Iraq/Iran war and a spell carrying water for troops after the Falklands war earned Peter enough war bonus to move out to Market Weighton in 1983. Unfortunately, 'globalisation' was happening and by 1988 Canadian Pacific replaced all their British officers with Indian nationals and Peter was made redundant. After a year working in Bristol, still involved with shipping he set up his own business in Market Weighton supplying spares for ships radio and navigational equipment and another business installing telephone systems and cctv equipment. Peter sold the Telecom and CCTV business in 2009 and the ships spares business in 2012 and is now officially retired although his private pension was caught up in the financial collapse so he is not as well off as he hoped to be but manages.
Peter doesn't like to be bored so he keeps himself busy. In the early 90s he became involved with the Market Weighton Chamber of Trade becoming Chairman in 1995. This has enabled Peter to take an active part in the community and he has been instrumental in instigating and progressing many projects in Market Weighton such as Giant Bradley Day, The Bradley Statue, Vixen 101 Community Radio and the Local Producers Market. In 2007 Peter was persuaded to stand and subsequently elected to serve on Market Weighton Town Council becoming Mayor for 3 years in 2010 to 2013 and has been re-elected as Mayor again this year (2015). He led the successful attempt to obtain funding from the Portas Review and is now Treasurer for the Market Weighton Town Team which is regenerating the retail area of the town. Peter is also Chairman of the East Yorkshire Independents, a group of independent councillors who are seeking to improve the County without political bias and is Chairman of the Minsters Rail Campaign trying to re-open the Beverley to York Rail line. Peter has been a season ticket holder at Hull City for about ten years and his wife joined him about five years ago. He also does a bit of painting in his spare time and some walking when the knees are having a good day!
peter 'dot' hemmerman 'at' gmail 'dot' com
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