Yes, that’s me; Patrick Veale, the proprietor of this establishment. As you can see I don’t work in an exotic surrounding but it gets the work done!
I left school at 16 and joined the Royal Air Force and trained as an engine fitter. After I qualified I worked on the English Electric Lightning and the F4 Phantom. In 1977, I had a motorcycle accident and broke my back, ending my Royal Air Force career.I worked for British Airways for a short time before coming ‘home’ to work in the local gun shop in 1979, and have been here ever since. I worked for Lance Nicholson, then became his business partner and eventually my wife Jackie and I bought the business in 1984 and employed Lance. Unfortunately, Lance passed away in 1996.
James joined us in 1998 and soon became familiar with the running of the shop. He has gained considerable skills in fishing rod repairs and manufacturing, and is well on his way to becoming proficient in many aspects of gun repairs.
Being younger, he has many computer skills to bring to the business and it is him who I turn to when the computer doesn’t do what I want it to do! James became a partner within the business in 2008 and remains a greatly valued member of our team today. If you would like to get in touch with James or Myself, please do give our office a call at any point and we will be more than happy to discuss each of your requirements.