Although the future looked bleak for Tony at the beginning of 1966, things improved
dramatically and in the summer of that year he met Linda, who had come down to Brighton
on holiday. Tony and Linda were married two years later and are still happily married
to this day. Their daughter, Pauline, was born in 1968.
Since the events recounted, Tony and his family have lived a very colourful life,
and have lived all over the UK and Australia. Over that time, Tony has started a
number of businesses, some successful, some not – but that’s a different story. In
1986, despite being dyslexic, Tony took a year off to research and write his story,
Pebble on The Beach.
Tony’s research into the events of his childhood led him to being reunited with his
half sisters, Janet and Valerie, in 1996. In 2000 he literally bumped into Derek
Tanner (son of Chunky and brother of his half sister Judith) while on holiday in
Australia, and has remained close ever since. Tony continues to search for his half
brother, James Allen, who was given up for adoption.
Once written, Pebble on The Beach, remained in Tony’s loft for twenty years until
a chance encounter brought his story to Queenspark Publishers. There’s a saying;
“Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt.” Tony Diamond truly has.