Colin Brown was born in 1925 on the outskirts of Ryton village in Northumberland into a hardworking, well-educated coal mining family. Although he escaped the mines, he lived and worked his whole life in the North East of England, mostly in shipbuilding. He was married for sixty years to his wife, Mary, had two children and died at the age of 87 – as predicted.
Colin was a musician, a sportsman and a natural storyteller; he was also a fatalist with a powerful sense of his own destiny. He wrote The Song of the Rose entirely for his own enjoyment and therefore wasn’t the least bit shy about writing himself into history alongside some of his greatest real life heroes – many of who were dead before he was born.