Terry was born in 1948 and lived in Wetherby with his mother, and his father who died in 1959. He went to Tadcaster Grammar School, then to Leeds University to study physics and to do research in solid state physics for his doctorate. After a year as a lecturer in computing and a few years research in the ceramics department, he went on to a career in IT.

Jean was born in 1957, and lived in Leeds with her parents. She went to Lawnswood School and then had various jobs as doctors’ and dentists’ receptionists.

Jean met Terry in 1983 when they were both studying classical guitar at Leeds College of Music evening classes. It took them only ten years to decide to get married, in 1993. They have since lived in Holt Park, Leeds, where Terry had his own consultancy company for several years, before taking his current job.