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Last updated 4th December 2015

My name is  Ray Duerden

I'm now 74 years young and live in Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England. I retired from the aerospace industry in 1998. I'm married with 2 children. My hobbies are golf and genealogy (very, very, part time but I'm trying to relight the flame and get going again). I play at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club and this year I am a Club Councillor, Vice Captain of the Seniors Section and Webmaster of the club website.
I am proud that I was Club Captain in 2011.
I'm a member of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society and also a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies.

Mar 1943 - Born in Wallasey, Cheshire. (On the other side of the River Mersey from Liverpool)
1948 - Moved to Edgworth, Near Bolton. Started school at Edgworth Methodist Junior School
1951 - Moved to live in a Council owned, prefabricated house in Bromley Cross, a little nearer Bolton
1952 - My Brother Richard was born
1954 - I passed my "11 plus" to both Bolton and Darwen Grammar schools but went to the Technical College in Darwen
1955 - Moved back near Edgworth to live in the "Turton Conservative Club"
Jun 1958 - Left school. Started 1st job as Builders Labourer for Billy Brickie
Nov 1958 - Started 2nd job in "Jellicoe's" garage
May 1959 - Started work at Metropolitan Vickers Training School
Dec 1959 - Moved to Lytham and started work at A-Z Engineering (lasted 4 days)
Dec 1959 - Started work at English Electric (now BAE Systems)
May 1964 - Married Pat
Jul 1967 - Our daughter Andrea born
Sep 1969 - Our son Neil born
Jan 1991 - Started work at Eurofighter GmbH., Munich, Germany
May 1998 - Retired and took up golf and genealogy seriously
Jun 2003 - Achieved golfing ambition to get down to single figures
Jul 2003 - Won my first "Major", The Presidents Prize
Aug 2003 - Now down to 7 - set new goal of 5
Jun 2004 - Andrea married Nathan Barrows
Oct 2004 - Neil married Niki Irvine
Jul 2005 - Handicap 10 (NOT LOOKING GOOD NOW, IS IT?
Jul 2006 - Back to 9 again
Nov 2006 - Mum died aged 93
May 2008 - Handicap 8 - Come on lad, you can do it
Jul 2008 - Total Knee Replacement
Aug 2009 - Handicap 10 again !!
Sep 2009 - Climbed Ben Nevis
Oct 2009 - Went Round the World visiting friends and relations
Oct 2010 - I'm a Grandad - Ava and Freddie Born
Mar 2011 - Became Captain of Lytham Green Drive Golf Club
May 2012 - Cardioversion
Jan 2013 - Gaul Bladder removed
Jun 2013 - Ablation operation, then, another Cardioversion
Nov 2014 - Handicap 12 (getting old)
Sep 2015 - Won my second "Major", The Police Competition
- Attended Edgworths village re-union
Oct 2015 - Handicap down to 10
May 2016 - Won "Mid-week medal"
- Handicap 9 (Yes!!)
Jun 2016 - Another Ablation operation

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