I first met Arnold in about 1966 when participating in a Workers Education Class to build and fire a series of medieval type kilns in the Bradford-Leeds area, and since then we have been friends and colleagues. Over the years, I frequently visited Bradford as an external examiner for the graduate and undergraduate courses that Bradford established in archaeological science, as well as as an examiner for PhD students. During these visits, I always stayed with Arnold at his delightful house on the edge of Bradford, and enjoyed wonderful hospitability, first from Arnold and his wife, and then, after his wife’s sad early death, from Arnold himself. The resulting evenings with Arnold always ended with enjoying a selection from Arnold’s currently available range of malt whiskies (with which no water was allowed!). More recently, my wife and I have visited Arnold en route to other destinations in Yorkshire and beyond, and we are particularly delighted that we stopped off for lunch with him in his new home in Giggleswich in March 2012 on our way to Yorkshire.
Although our meetings over the years were fairly rare, I will always remember (and will miss) the great warmth of Arnold’s friendship.