George Mercer JP (Master of Civic Design 1948, BA Hons Geography 1950) was forced to complete his BA in two parts, owing to military service in Palestine between 1945-48. Fortuitously, this enabled him to meet Joan Stopforth (BA 1951) to whom he has been happily married since 1953. Following an illustrious career in town planning leadership in the North West and nationally, while simultaneously serving as a JP, George retired in 1997. Joan retired in 1986 following a successful teaching career. Three daughters and seven grandchildren keep them busy, as have interests in photography, foreign travel (behind the Iron Curtain in a camper van in the 70s!) and fell-walking.