Not many of you will know this but I joined Sellers International band in April. Unfortunately about 3 weeks after joining this wonderful set of talented people I contracted Bells Palsy. A condition in which the nerves are attacked by a virus and the end result is temperory paralisis on one side of the face. I looked as if I had a severe stroke. Fortunatley (for me) I have regained most of the use of the left side of my face and as a result (and 4 months after I first joined the band) I did my first official job on Saturday at the Open. I would like to personally thank a few people on this site. Firstly to my band, Sellers International and our MD, Mr Philip McCann who have stood by me through out this difficult time and for giving me the oppertunity to try and help the band compete at the Open. I would also like to thank Ben Thompson and Phil Fox for standing in for me at the Masters and and the English Nationals. I could'nt ask for better deputies and great people to help me through what has been a trying time for me. Also to the many friends I have in various bands around the country who have given me words of encouragement and the confidence to carry on playing.And finally to wonderful girlfriend Clare who has stood by me the entire time and has been my rock. With out these poeple I really dont know if I had been able to carry on and for that I would like to thank you all very much.