Terry comes from a musical family background with both his parents and grandparents of the family being musical. He started at an early age learning to play the piano accordion. His father had a collection of old 78’s and on one occasion the record being played was of the legendary Reginald Dixon at the Wurlitzer organ of the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. Terry was fascinated by this original and completely different sound from an organ. It was not at all what he expected. After a while and having listened to various recording of Reginald Dixon he persuaded his parents to take him to Blackpool so he could see the man himself play the Mighty Wurlitzer in the opulent surroundings of the ballroom. He can still recall the tune that Reg was playing when he first cast his eyes on him. It was the ‘Legend of the Glass Mountain’ and Reg was illuminated by a blue spotlight. Terry was hooked.
It was at this point, after much discussion and having taken advice that the family decided to purchase an organ. It was a Thomas Bermuda Special. Terry’s love affair with the organ had begun and his interest has never waned since. Terry’s first visit to the museum here at Cotton came in 1992 and it was in that same year that Terry made his debut on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Since then he has been a regular contributor and has played the organ here every year for visitors, groups and members of the public.