Richie Hornby

Liverpool
We used to collect old bricks from demolition sites, in a red van, for the Blackie. We would take them back and clean and stack them ready for the bricklayers to use. Sometimes we had to do this on the same day and our hands would be numb with cold.
I had first met Bill Harpe in the Royal Court Theatre after entering a drawing competition with a picture of Superman, I came third. Bill asked me what I had thought about the dance performance and he put my opinions in his Guardian review.
I went to a school in Abercromby and they would bring us down to the Blackie. I was only 10 and liked the atmosphere and the big balloon. We had to go at 4.00pm and Ed George would take us home. I was soon a regular. The swing was unusual, made of car parts, board and rope.
The Access is a State of Mind project, which explored the senses, was held in the Blackie for a few weeks. It was very interesting to see how people use different senses to identify an object. Actually watching someone with no sight identifying objects by smell or touch was a new experience to me.
I was the Drummer in a band called Heavy Wood. My interest in drumming had stemmed from me practising on equipment that had been donated to Blackie by superstars Sting and The Police.
The birth of my son Paddy in 1981. We thought we could never have children due to medical grounds. So the birth of my son was one of the best moments in my life.