John Cecil was born at St. Mary’s hospital in Kettering, Northamptonshire on December 17th 1956 and educated in the town at The Highfield Road Primary School, (One of J.L.Carr’s boys,) and The Kettering Grammar school for boys.
He left school in 1973, working in a builder’s Merchants before being influenced to go to Sea School in Gravesend in May 1974 and subsequently joining the Merchant Navy in 1974, aboard the Anco Empress in Liverpool. (Starting to sound familiar yet?).
He remained at sea with Athel Line, who later became Panocean/Anco and then Stolt Tankers, until 1989, working his way up from deck Boy to Senior operator as it had become then rather than Able Seaman. He left the sea to be with his young family, spending 20 years at Weetabix Limited in Burton Latimer as a shift Quality Control Auditor.
Married to Shirley in 1978 and now a proud Grandfather to Callum, Connor, Rhiannon, Dylan, Faith and Alice he now works in a Quality Control environment at a medical distributor in nearby Corby, Northamptonshire.