Barrie Hedges is the grandson of Reliance founder George Hedges and grew up in Brightwalton. He went on to become a reporter on the local newspaper and several others before moving into public relations. He has worked extensively for clients in the quarrying industry and specialised in community relations. While much of his working life has been devoted to writing – he has never until now written a book. Retired and living in East Devon with partner Jan, he has never lost his love for the simplicity of life in Brightwalton and goes back there regularly. He has two much-loved daughters and five granddaughters.