Stephen Huggins is from Hove, East Sussex where he lived close to the local Salvation Army Citadel and observed their marching brass band each Sunday evening. He gained a B.Ed. (Hons.) in Religious Studies, a M.A. in History & Sociology and taught these subjects for more than 30 years. In 2020 Stephen wrote The Mob and the Mayor which examines the anti-Salvation Army riots in Eastbourne during the 1880s. He is a Member of the Royal Historical Society.