A Moorlands businessman is appealing for old school chums and colleagues to come forward to help him write his life story.
Reg Bestwick, who is well-known in Leek and surrounding areas for running and owning the former LWD Waste Services, is aiming to write a book about growing up, attending school, setting up businesses, and living in the Staffordshire Moorlands market town of Leek.
Reg, now aged 58, was born and bred in Leek and was the youngest of nine children to Reg Snr and Kitty Bestwick.
Reg, who attended Leek Infant School, then Leek First School before moving up to Leek High School, began his entrepreneurial skills at an early age when he used to buy and sell newspaper rounds and also ’employ’ lads to clean football boots.
He started up his first skip business at the age of 21 which was initially named Leek Waste Disposal.
Reg said: “With the closure of the local landfill site at Fowlchurch, I created the first waste transfer station for the area working very closely with the National Rivers Authority and Staffordshire County Council waste disposal department.”
Reg’s business later became LWD Waste Services by which time the firm was regulated by the environment agency.
Reg is married to Diane and they have a daughter called Victoria. He has recently spent 19 months in hospital with Sepsis.
Reg is now an environmental auditor, with 26 years experience working in scrap and recycling, and his current company is called Recycling Environmental Goals (REG).
Having previously written a joke book which has seen copies been sent world-wide, Reg said: “I have always wanted to write a book about my life.
“I think it will be interesting reading for others.
“There will be a lot of local history in there and there’s going to be a lot of snippets from my life – some funny and some sad.
“My book is going to be called ‘V&P’ and will also have illustrations, poems and jokes.
“I am aiming to have it written and published by early December and it will cost £12.99 for a hard back copy.”
Even though Reg has a long list of snippets from his life listed ready to start compiling his life story, he is now appealing for anyone who has known him over the years to get in touch with him about any memories they may have of spending time with him.
He said: “I just want to make sure I don’t miss any important bits of my life out when I come to writing my book.
“So I am appealing for people to come to me with any memories they may have of me.”
Anyone wishing to contact Reg to help him out in writing his life story can contact him either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling him on 01538 385985.