Doug Liversidge - My Yorkshire Weekend
PUBLISHED: 14:25 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 February 2013
Doug Liversidge, a former master cutler of Sheffield, on why weekends are for family and football
The print version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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Its Saturday morning and my wife is talking to herself again. I can hear her clearly from the breakfast room, but I dont feel the need to tear myself away from the days financial pages. After all, she is about to make history with those words.
Pam, it turns out, is practicing her speech to the great and the good of Yorkshire at this years Cutlers Feast. What she says will attract special attention, because she is soon to become the first female master cutler in the 390 years this ancient guild has been a part of life in Sheffield. For my part, Ill play a supporting role, proud that she will be installed in the office I held in 1998/9.
The Cutlers Company in Hallamshire was formed in 1624 by the tradesmen who made Sheffield synonymous with quality cutlery. It now represents South Yorkshirets manufacturing industry.
Since Im still active in business, as chairman of public companies in Leeds and Sheffield, the financial papers are an essential part of the days routine. But this is the weekend and time for family. And also one of the other great passions in my life, Sheffield United.
I was born within sight of the Sheffield Wednesday ground but my allegiance these days lies at Bramall Lane, although I do still follow the fortunes of the blue and white half of the city with interest a point I made clear when I chaired Sheffields 2018 World Cup bid. I want to see both teams succeed, with the exception of the two derby matches when I support the team that needs the points most.
In football the lines of business and pleasure become blurred. That also applies to my latest preoccupation.
At the age of 74, I have become a published novelist. The Storm Bringer is a tale Ive long wanted to tell, based partly on my time in Libya as an army officer on national service. Half a century has passed since then, but it was only two years ago that I got around to writing it.
My publisher describes it as a taut thriller, an intriguing tale of love, power and vengeance. Such comments are flattering and itd be nice if the book fulfils its early promise, not least for the charity that will benefit from it.
Charleys Trust was set up in memory of my only grandson who was killed in an accident three years ago, just days before his eighth birthday. The book is dedicated to him.
We remember, but carry on. Pam has finished her practice speech and is brimming with confidence. The sun is out. And who knows, Sheffield United just might win today. Doug Liversidges list of achievements and honours include a CBE, three Queens Awards for innovation and export, honorary degrees from both of Sheffields universities and a term as master cutler. He now divides his time between his homes near Sheffield and in Florida.
His first book The Storm Bringer is published by RMC Books for 6.95.