Les Summers spent his formative years in Didcot where his father was an engine driver at the shed which is now the home of the Great Western Society (GWS). After service in the Royal Navy he studied at Culham College and qualified as a teacher in 1975. That year he married Barbara Henderson, who was also at Culham and their daughter Rebecca was born in 1977. From 1975 until 2001 Les was a teacher in Kent and thereafter, until 2005 was a supply teacher in Oxfordshire where he now lives. He was involved with research on the needs of dissident pupils and at his school in Kent, was instrumental in the introduction of computers for the teaching of history. He was a volunteer with the GWS from 2005 until 2015 as Board Minuting Secretary and from 2009 until 2015 as a transformational editor of the Great Western Echo. He designed the GWS 50th Anniversary logo which in cast brass has been fitted above the nameplate of 43024 Great Western Society 1961 2011 Didcot Railway Centre.He holds public office in Tackley, where he lives, but now concentrates on writing books and railway articles, and on photography and graphical art. Full details of these activities are to be found on this web site.
Barbara Summers, seen here with her ex-racehorse, Michika features on other pages on this web site (link). She is a talented photographer and graphic artist in her own right and maintains her interest in equestrian photography through Summers Photographic, details of which will be found (link)
Rebecca, the daughter of Les and Barbara Summers married Mr Craig Shields in September 2005 and they have two children, Ava Izabella born in 2007 and Archie born in 2009. They now live in California, USA.
Copyright L A Summers