Bearpark

Bearpark

Bearpark is an ex-colliery town in Durham England that was badly affected by the miners strikes, and the ultimate demise of coal mining in England in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Gary grew up with little education in a time of severe austerity, and spent his childhood stealing food and coal to stay warm and fed. Over the years this escalated into a life of crime, and was given two prison sentences for violent crimes against the person. In his second prison term, Gary learned to read and write, and eventually began to realise his self worth.

Gary has turned his life around and now uses his respected and influential position in the community he grew up in to discourage young people from taking the path in life he chose.

17 comments

  1. Paul
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:46:28 pm | Permalink

    A Very good man!

  2. Paul korina
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:47:40 pm | Permalink

    brilliant work from a wonderfull man that has strived to better himself and succeeded in growing into himself and achieving his goal i hope he can continue making goods and with a little help from comunity and maybe a few sponcers can go a lot further and who knows we colud grow a world class boxing champion keep up the good work gary

  3. gemma
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:54:43 pm | Permalink

    Keep doing what u doing, cos u doing great. Your an inspiration. Really pleased for u. It is hard to change, especially when everyone is waiting to see u fail. Goodluck x

  4. Ilona
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:55:16 pm | Permalink

    Proud of you Gary 😀 , keep doing what your doing. miss seeing you about , hope things are going great for you 🙂

  5. Donna Railton
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:55:51 pm | Permalink

    Your doing great Garry and a brilliant video 🙂

  6. Keith
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:56:11 pm | Permalink

    Keep up the great work bud ya doing great

  7. Andrea
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:56:29 pm | Permalink

    Well done Gary went to school with you keep it up x

  8. Sarah
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:56:47 pm | Permalink

    Well done Gary I wish more people would turn their life round I went to school and lived in Bearpark on Taylor avenue before moving back to Yorkshire keep it going mate well done x

  9. Victoria
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:57:26 pm | Permalink

    A great man. Keep up the good work Gary pleased you’ve found your place in life ., it was worth waiting for. A journey with history. ☺

  10. Lynda
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:57:58 pm | Permalink

    great stuff but only a small part of Gary’s agenda to help and support others to change their life around. Even during the most challenging times Gary continued to battle on to achieve his goals, an inspiration to others!

  11. Tony Moore
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:58:19 pm | Permalink

    Lovely articulate man proving that those that have been through issues are usually best placed to provide solutions – he did wrong – he can’t put that right – but he can – and clearly does – put others on a better path. Much respect. Worth a view.

  12. Marie Robson
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:58:50 pm | Permalink

    Loveliest man ever and proud to call him my friend.

  13. Rosemary Holmes
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:59:17 pm | Permalink

    Know all your family pet and heard a lot of bad comments about you. But after seeing this video well good on you son xxx

  14. Rosemary Holmes
    Posted 03 Nov 2016 at 12:59:18 pm | Permalink

    Know all your family pet and heard a lot of bad comments about you. But after seeing this video well good on you son xxx

  15. Mark Stoker
    Posted 04 Nov 2016 at 12:59:36 pm | Permalink

    My Spiritual Brother and a great man, one of a handful of people that I truly trust…Mr Gary Crooks.

  16. Marina Watson
    Posted 04 Nov 2016 at 12:59:54 pm | Permalink

    Well done on turning your life around and I wish you all the best for your future

  17. Andy Adams
    Posted 04 Nov 2016 at 01:00:25 pm | Permalink

    Keep the good work up Gary.

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