Over several years he researched a story about the arrests of gay men in Shrewsbury in 1949 and first made a Presentation of what he had found, at the Shrewsbury hub of the National LGBT History Festival in February 2017. He is not a Historian and makes no claims of academic ability; he just enjoys uncovering this story.
Salop Assizes: 1949; is the outcome of:
a) ongoing research, starting from local newspaper reports made in June 1949, about Shropshire men charged with gross indecency. (On June 23rd, 1949, four men from Shrewsbury and two men from Donnington were sentenced to prison terms, at Salop Assizes).
b) contemporary interviews/conversations with people living in Shropshire who knew that generation.
c) research into the extent to which gay men were prosecuted across the UK for gross indecency in the post WW2 period until recent times.