Colin was born in Middlesbrough and is a true Teessider. He loves the area, but his favourite place is Staithes for its happy childhood memories: "We spent two weeks in a cottage every summer. I used to love getting up at 5am to go out with the local fishermen to help pull in the lobster and crab pots."
He has tried his hand at most jobs, including working at ICI and even sailing around most of the world on an oil tanker, these days when he is not belting out the oldies on BBC Tees he can be found in the Estates Department at the new Middlehaven home of Middlesbrough College.
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