Tony was born in Rowlands Gill, County Durham in 1942 and still lives in the village. He married Val in 1971 and has a son John, daughter in law Clare and brand new grandson, Oskar.
For his sins he is still the Managing Director of the family business, Tyne Tees Ceramics Ltd, which he started with Val in1983, although he admits that John and Clare now play a major roll in running the business.
His spare time is spent on the golf course and bowling green, for which he admitts to having a passion for both.
He was initiated into Tynedale Lodge in Nothumberland in 1966 and joined Elevation Mark, which meets in Burnopfield, in 1967. He became Master of Elevation Lodge in 1979 and is a Past Commander of Elevation Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners. In Grand Mark Lodge he holds the rank of Past Grand Junior Overseer and has been the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies since 2005.