According to teacher's reports at Riley, Richard was good at mathematics, in addition to technical subjects of surveying and GED. Unfortunately, leaving school in 1965, there was a shortage of job opportunities in the technical field. By accident Richard stumbled upon the accountancy profession at a local careers convention (Brunswick Avenue school, part of Hull College). He started his 45 year career in bookkeeping and costing at a local manufacturing company linked with a two year ONC in Business Studies course at Hull College (3 evenings until 9.30pm). Having gained a pass at distinction level, he went on to take the CIMA exams (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). In an effort to gain wide practical experience, he was employed as Cost Analyst, Cost Accountant and finally Company Accountant. Richard's employers included Smith & Nephews, Ideal Standard, Jacksons Bakery and British Gas. The range of products at these businesses included Elastoplast, Nivea, central heating boilers, bread, croutons and air-cooled condensers. After spending 5 years in Leeds, working on special projects following the privatisation of British Gas, he returned to Hull to join Springhead Park Golf Club and compete in the weekend competitions. He has now advanced to Hessle Golf Club as a 5-day member and enjoys regular rounds in his retirement. Always a football fan, he looks for results of Hull City, having been to his first game at Boothferry Park in 1958. Richard could not miss the team at Wembley on all three recent occasions, very unlucky in the FA Cup Final to be leading by two goals and end up on the losing side. Richard has always enjoyed holiday trips abroad, including Portugal, Florida, Barbados, Mexico and the Canary Islands. Richard's claim to fame is that he saw The Beatles, on two occasions, live on stage at The ABC Cinema, Hull in the early 1960's. It was difficult to hear with all the screaming but he can still remember the fantastic atmosphere even 50 years later.
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